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I have just gone to Windows 7 64-bit and the StyleWriter program is not compatible.

Does anyone know of a program that looks for passive verbs and sentence length of 20 words?

I want a program, that helps identify passive verbs so I can change them to active verbs.

I would appreciate any suggestions.

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Does it not run under 'Compatibility Mode'?

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If no one comes up with an alternate program, you can always use a virtual machine in order to run your older programs.

For example, I would recommend Windows XP Mode. If you do not have a compatible computer or edition of Windows, I recommend Virtual Box - however, you will need to install the edition of Windows you want and is a longer process.

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I am already running VMware, it does not work due to programs user interface. –  Brett Jan 7 '10 at 2:28
    
What's the exact problem - can you take a screenshot or describe more and maybe I can help. –  William Hilsum Jan 7 '10 at 2:41
    
It's currently running in vmware player. While it's open, it can get text from the clipboard but both text regions don't work –  Brett Jan 7 '10 at 3:27
    
I would start by right clicking the program and seeing if you can set up compatibility with another version of Windows such as 98 as it looks like it is an old program. Also, under compatibility, try disabling visual themes as this may be causing the problem. Failing that, it may even be worth trying to install it within an actual Windows 98 virtual machine. –  William Hilsum Jan 7 '10 at 3:34
    
I don't have a windows 98 vm image, compatibility mode doesn't work either. I think its written in vb 4-5 (they wanted money for the trial...) –  Brett Jan 7 '10 at 3:56

MS Word (I'm running 2002 at work) includes a grammar and style checker that has options to look for passive sentences and sentences over 60 words in length. This will accomplish part of what you want, but I don't see a way to customize the sentence length threshold.

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