Top 5 Online Essay Editing Tools With Free Features

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The task of editing documents of all sorts can be challenging yet rewarding. The reward can be thought of not only from a pecuniary perspective but from the intellectual development standpoint. The more you proofread and correct grammar mistakes, the more you learn. This is especially true if the writings you edit are varied in content type and style.

But to do so consistently, you would have to exercise a significant measure of discipline and concentration. Similarly, you must have a strong affinity for editing, paying close attention to detail. Also, if you have a deep understanding of grammar rules and other writing conventions, it becomes more likely that you’ll find editing a fun or satisfying endeavor.

However, the reality of having to edit large volumes of text manually can be tiring. This can be more biting when editing a paper that has hundreds of pages or tens of thousands of words. Undertaking the editing task in a largely manual fashion would be too time-consuming and inefficient. For one thing, you’ll be prone to human error. You could fail to identify some errors that may be subtle yet significant.

Such shortcomings inherent in humans underscore the relevance and usefulness of digital editing tools. As technological solutions, editing tools bring benefits that enhance the work of people by improving the speed and effectiveness of the process. In this article, we present 5 essay editing tools that come with free features. It is important to state that they are not all entirely free. Some may have paid options that open more possibilities and allow for better overall performance. Any expert essay editing service (such as that is forward-looking would certainly have at least one of the tools in frequent use by their editors.

Without much further ado, here are the five online essay editing tools arranged in no specific order of importance.

1. Grammarly

Arguably one of the most popular text editing tools online, Grammarly is a powerful editing tool that automatically checks texts for grammar and other mechanical errors. It also works in real-time and offers plagiarism detection. When corrections are accepted, it helps the user reduce the number of errors in the writing even before it is completed. Visually, it works by underlining possible mistakes in red, and when you hover over the words, you get the suggested corrections. To accept the correction, all you have to do is click on the word, and that’s it.

What’s more? It offers not only a web application and an add-on for MS Office but also a free Chrome browser extension. The most widely used Grammarly tool, the free Сhrome extension, allows you to easily get the benefit of automatically proofreading whatever text-input enabled web page you write on. It is important to mention that you would need to register as a user to access the tool via your account. Lastly, it has a premium option that offers more capabilities on a subscription basis.



2. 1Checker

This is another automated proofreading tool that can easily pass as a competing tool to Grammarly. As would be expected, it offers spell checking and grammar correction functionalities. But in addition to those, it allows its users to review the writing style and offers vocabulary suggestion to ensure that you use proper words in the right contexts.

Unlike Grammarly, 1Checker provides not only a web application plugin for MS Word and Outlook but also a desktop application (Windows and Mac). There are also templates for various types of documents. To use the service, you would have to sign up for an account. But most interesting of all, the 1Checker editing tools are absolutely free!


3. Ginger

Being another powerful text editing tool, Ginger offers grammar and mechanical error check on the fly as the words are being typed. It also comes with contextual word suggestions and sentence rephrasing options, an inbuilt dictionary, and a text-reader feature. But, probably the two most differentiating of all its features are the personal trainer and text translation features. The translation feature enables you to translate a text in more than 50 different languages. The personal trainer function helps you practice and avoid common mistakes you might make from time to time. Unfortunately, apart from the dictionary and text translation, most of the other features are only accessible under the paid subscription options.

The software version is offered across multiple platforms. It has a web application and browser extensions for Chrome and Safari, a desktop version for Windows and Mac, and mobile apps for Android and iOS.


4. PaperRater

This essay editing tool is widely used mainly because it is free and requires no registration. As you would expect from good editing tools, it offers grammar and spelling check, contextual suggestions for word choice and writing style, and an optional plagiarism checker. To use the tool, you simply have to paste the writing you wish to edit or upload the file and select what academic level and type of paper it corresponds with.

The most notable features lie in its paper analysis capability. According to the company behind it, the tool is built using data science and artificial intelligence to analyze submitted documents in real-time and provide results and rating in a matter of seconds (up to 15 seconds).

Besides the free option, there is a premium, ad-free plan that offers more advanced capabilities and a detailed report. The paid option allows monthly or annual subscription payment. And, you would need to create an account to use the premium service.



This is a useful editing tool provided by Chegg that offers not only checking for plagiarism, and grammar errors in the submitted papers but also for citation formatting. Although it offers a 3-day trial, the tool is primarily to be paid for on a monthly basis.


Even though the above tools are widely known and used, they are by no means all there is to offer regarding essay editing. You probably know a few others not included in the list. And that’s perfectly okay! The ultimate idea of presenting the tools is to help you quickly find that which would be more fitting for the kind of editing you want to do. Also, do not forget there are paid options that can enable you to do much more. All said, whatever gets the job done best for you should certainly be the primary tool in your editing toolset. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on