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Annotate PRO for Microsoft Word

Annotate PRO for Microsoft Word is a simple (but mighty!) add-in  that makes it easy to give personalized, detailed feedback to students on their work. We support Word 2016, Word 2019, and Office365 (O365) versions of Word.

Annotate PRO is free  and installs into Microsoft Word in seconds, through the new Office Store.

You get a Library with a Group of 10 comments you can edit and expand to as many Libraries/Comments as you’d like – forever free. You’ll also get a 14 day free trial (no credit card required) of our College Edition and Legal Writing Edition Libraries, plus advanced features like The Feed and Analytics.

You can choose to purchase these advanced features and/or our College Edition or Legal Writing Edition libraries from inside the app. Or bring AP to your institution to easily share Libraries, powering tutoring, writing across the curriculum, peer review, project based learning, Technical Writing, Lab Report grading, Business Communications, Legal Writing, AP English, or any number of initiatives.

With one click you’ll be able to give targeted feedback on a particular issue, often including a link out to additional resources. In a split second you’ll help students by providing detailed feedback and wow them with your personal attention.

Using Annotate PRO:

Annotate PRO (AP) for Microsoft Word (2016/2019/O365) installs through the Office Store – a few clicks, sign up for an AP, and you’re OFF!

AP appears as a ‘Taskpane’ – you can search multiple Libraries, even quickly add and remove Libraries, all from this space.

The Taskpane can be detached and ‘floated;’ if you’re a dual-monitor maven you’ll love it.

To create a comment in Word, just highlight text and choose a Comment from AP. 

AP will add a comment bubble and insert your chosen text. Of course you can further personalize.

Many of our College Edition Comments include links to additional explanations, which appear as clickable links in Word documents.


Whichever Libraries you have activated, you’ll be able to quickly search hundreds of Comments.

You don’t need to search for a button or remember an obscure code. Just starting typing…”Comma spli…” will surface Comments on comma splices. Typing “counterar” will surface Comments focused on counterargument.

Of course you continue to use Word’s editing and commenting functions as always. But you can also use AP to insert completely custom (or ‘freeform’) Comments. If you are a paid user you can access ALL of these Comments from The Feed, then quickly add good ones to your reusable Libraries.

You can use AP to insert text into the body of a Word document, too. Just flip the toggle to Inline and use the same search and scroll features to find the right text to add.

Perfect for overall feedback or other editing tasks.

And if you want to edit your content? Just click into the Edit menu and jump out to our full web browser editing experience. Edit, create, share…then hit Refresh in Word to sync up any changes you’ve made.

What I like best about Annotate is that it allows me to customize the program to reflect my own voice and style. I also love the fact that it allows me to draft quite lengthy comments, all the better to explain complex or multi-step concepts to my students.

Lisa T. McElroy

Professor, Drexel University Earle Mack College of Law

I am a PhD student teaching an undergrad biology lab. I use Microsoft Word to review student lab reports. Annotate PRO has already saved me a lot of time and mental space, freeing me to write more personalized comments for each student.

Carrie Ann Adams

Biology Lab Instructor & PhD Candidate, University of Alberta


Or checkout this short “how to install” overview video to learn more…

Available Libraries:

And of course there’s always our Google Chrome Extension – same features, just available in any webpage. Google Docs. Gmail. Blackboard. Canvas. Schoolology.