AP StyleGuard for Word

AP StyleGuard for Word

AP StyleGuard is a powerful yet easy solution that integrates with Microsoft Word and provides automatic checking of your documents for AP style.
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AP StyleGuard is a powerful yet easy solution that integrates with Microsoft Word and provides automatic checking of your documents for AP style. Using defined structure and rules similar to Word’s spelling and grammar checking, AP StyleGuard helps ensure the consistency of your writing style. It saves you the time of manually referring to the AP Stylebook and offers recommendations on items you might not have realized are covered by AP style.

No matter what type of writing you do, you can rest assured that AP StyleGuard helps you stay on top of all of the current spelling, grammar, punctuation and usage guidelines from the journalist’s bible.

StyleGuard includes current AP Stylebook guidance, with rules updated throughout the year to keep your writing covered by new additions and changes responding to news events and the evolution of the language.

StyleGuard operates on Windows XP and higher and on Microsoft Office 2007 and higher. A Mac-compatible version operates on Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard), 10.7 (Lion), 10.8 (Mountain Lion), Maverick (10.9), Yosemite (10.10) and El Capitan (10.11) running Office for Mac 2011, Office 365 or Office 2016 and Safari 5.17 or above. No additional hardware or software is needed. StyleGuard doesn't support Office Online, which covers the Web only version of Office for all the tablets and smartphones. Internet connection is optional after initial activation.


StyleGuard features include:

  • Your documents are checked automatically in Microsoft Word as you type.
  • Each proposed correction is clearly highlighted in the document and shows you the corresponding AP Stylebook rule, so you always know why something was corrected.
  • Easy-to-understand features are similar to other proofing tools, including Ignore All, Change, Change All and Add Comment.
  • Users can easily install multiple style guides from Equiom, with the ability to turn on/off specific guides and search for specific rules.
  • Additional calculators, tables and real-time data links, such as Web references, help make your writing faster and more accurate.

StyleGuard PC System Requirements

  • Microsoft Windows XP or Greater
  • Microsoft Office 2007, 2010, 2013 or 2016
  • Internet Connection


StyleGuard for the Mac System Requirements

  • 10.6 (Snow Leopard)
  • 10.7 (Lion)
  • 10.8 (Mountain Lion)
  • 10.9 (Maverick)
  • 10.10 (Yosemite)
  • 10.11 (El Capitan)
  • Office for Mac 2011, Office 365 or Office 2016
  • Safari 5.17 or above
  • Internet Connection
Product FAQ

AP StyleGuard Support Form

If you are having problems installing, activating or using StyleGuard, please consult the StyleGuard Support FAQ page, which covers most common issues and how to fix them.

Should you still need help after reviewing the FAQ, please use the form below to submit your issue so we can diagnose your problem.

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