PERRLA for Word

PERRLA for Word works directly with Microsoft Word to help you create perfectly formatted papers in the APA and MLA formats.

What is PERRLA for Word?

The best paper formatting software available

PERRLA for Word is the easiest APA/MLA formatting software to learn and use - AND we support it like crazy ferrets…if crazy ferrets were computer-savvy and really cared about your customer experience.

PERRLA for Word works directly with Microsoft Word

Our software “lives inside” Microsoft Word*.  We create a “PERRLA” menu within Word so any time you write a paper, you’ll have our powerful formatting software at your fingertips. PERRLA for Word will help you perfectly format your entire paper - from your Title Page to References. It can even create Annotated Bibliographies, Tables of Contents, Abstracts, and more with ease. PERRLA for APA makes writing papers as painless as writing a paper can be!

*For the Mac version of Word 2016, PERRLA runs side-by-side with Word. If you’re a Mac person, click here to see how great that works.

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Head & Shoulders Above the Rest

A long record of success

PERRLA has been working to help students write perfectly formatted papers since 1998. So, we’ve been working with students for the same amount of time that it takes to go from First Grade to College Graduation. (With all that work, we need some quiet time on our “nap mat”!)

Unparalleled Customer Support

We have one of the best Customer Support teams in this and all possible worlds. Our dedicated and US-based PERRLA specialists are on the clock from 8am - 10pm Central every single day.

Simple to understand and easy to use

We’ve designed PERRLA for Word to work seamlessly and effortlessly within Microsoft Word.  With just a few clicks, you can create References and Citations, add tables and charts, insert abstracts, and more. (And don’t forget, if you have any questions, we’re here for you!)

Our Features

Seamlessly integrates with Microsoft Word (Mac & PC).PERRLA for Word lives inside of Microsoft Word so it is always nearby.

Our Reference Wizard formats your sources perfectly. We have included detailed instructions along the way for your guidance.

We're Here for you from 10:00am until 10:00 pm, 7 days per week. There’s nothing our Customer Support Team can’t handle. So, fear not!

Automatically builds a References page. The first time you create a reference, we create the Reference Section for you automatically. PERRLA for APA creates, organizes, and updates your References page on-the-fly.

Automatically syncs your references. Your PERRLA for APA references are synced to the cloud and are available to be used wherever you are working. (BTW, references you create in PERRLA Complete are also synced with your devices.)

Stores your references for future use. This is a godsend for people writing papers that use the same source material again and again. PERRLA’s Reference database is used to neatly store all of your references.

Organize your references. You can categorize your references by subject, class, keywords, or more. You can also search by keyword to find the exact reference you need.

Insert more than just references. PERRLA for APA lets you insert Tables of Content, charts, figures, and more.

Annotate your references and take personal research notes. Enter annotations for each of your references if you’d like to create an Annotated Bibliography. You can also enter research notes for your references that won’t be displayed in your document.

Ready to Get Started?


You may be about to pull the trigger on PERRLA for Word, but…

We wouldn’t be able to live with ourselves if we didn’t disclose that for only $20 more, you get PERRLA for Word, a 12 month subscription to PERRLA Online (our amazing new web-based student productivity application), and our sparkly Android/iOS mobile app! There, we said it.

Learn more about PERRLA Complete, click here.

PERRLA vs. Word

Just no. Friends don’t let friends format APA/MLA papers with Microsoft Word. References created with Word require manual corrections to be truly APA/MLA compliant.

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Windows PC System Requirements:
Operating System: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10.
Word Processing Program: Microsoft Word 2000 or newer (but not the free "Starter Edition")

PERRLA for Mac System Requirements:
Operating System: Mac OS X v10.10 or later
Word Processing Program: Microsoft Word for Mac - 2011 or 2016 versions

Our standard software works as a Microsoft Word Add-In with version 2011.  For Word 2016 for Mac, which doesn’t allow programs like ours to “live inside” Word, we’ve developed a great new version of our software that runs side-by-side with Word.

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