One of the lesser known features of Google Docs is the support for add-ons or you can say extensions. That’s primarily because the collection didn’t grow like Google anticipated and the ones which are available either sport a limited set of functions or don’t work well. However, there’s still an active market for them and recently, another nifty add-on has joined the list called “Writefull Thesaurus”.
Writefull Thesaurus isn’t just any other thesaurus app as it takes a slightly more intuitive approach for suggesting you synonyms of words. The extension is equipped with an artificially intelligent algorithm that is capable of sorting synonyms based on their similarity to the word you entered and the context they generally appear in. The add-on also doesn’t limit itself to singular words, it even works with phrasal verbs such as “look down to”, conjugated verbs such as “encountered” and plural nouns like “experiences”.
The process of searching has been kept quite straightforward, you type in manually or select the word in your article and hit the “paste your text” button. The extension will list out a bunch of synonyms (and order them based on their relevancy) for you to choose from. You can paste any of those in your article or tap a synonym for researching further.
In case you’re unfamiliar with the installation, here’s how you can – head over to this link and tap the “install” button through your Google account. The add-on will be now accessible in any document from the “add-ons” menu. You can click “manage add-ons” in the same menu if you’d like to uninstall.
Writefull Thesaurus is certainly a must-have Google Docs add-on if you regularly deal with articles, papers, or anything else. Now, you don’t have to constantly Google a particular word to look for synonyms. I could, though, never understood why Google itself never integrated this functionality in the native “define” feature. Nevertheless, Writefull Thesaurus is entirely free of cost and you can download it from this link.