How to Switch Between Editing Mode and Suggesting Mode in Google Docs

Google Docs gives you the ability to have your document in a couple of different modes. Two of these modes, called Editing and Suggesting, offer separate ways for you to change the document. If you are in Editing mode, you simply need to edit the document as you normally would. If you are in Suggesting mode, then you either add new information, or select existing information and offer a replacement, then someone else can review the suggestions and choose to either accept or suggest them.

Since both of these modes can be very useful in certain situations, Google has made it possible to switch between modes pretty quickly. Our tutorial below will show you a couple of different ways to switch between editing and suggesting mode in Google Docs.

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How to Get to or Leave Suggesting Mode in Google Docs

The steps in this article were performed in the desktop version of Google Chrome. Completing these steps will allow you to change the current mode in the document that you are editing in Google Docs.

Step 1: Sign into your Google Drive and open the document for which you would like to toggle the current mode.

Step 2: Click the Editing button at the top-right of the window. If you already had your document open and were in Suggesting mode, then this will say Suggesting instead.

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Step 3: Select the mode that you want to be in.

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Note that you can also enter Suggesting mode by right-clicking inside the document, then choosing the Suggest edits option. If you are already in Suggesting mode, then that option will say Return to editing instead.

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