When copying content into Docs, for collaborative editing, there are some changes that I would like to get confirmation on (in Suggesting mode) and others that I want to make silently (in Editing mode). Switching between these states with a mouse is cumbersome. Is there a shortcut?

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Mode Switch (KB Shortcuts)

Mode PC Mac
Switch to editing Ctrl + Alt + Shift + z ⌘ + Option + Shift + z
Switch to suggesting Ctrl + Alt + Shift + x ⌘ + Option + Shift + x
Switch to viewing Ctrl + Alt + Shift + c ⌘ + Option + Shift + c

The keystroke order is based on Google Docs Help and the special keys can often be reordered as long as the letter key (c, z, etc.) is added last to the combination.

All KB Shortcuts

  1. Online at: Keyboard shortcuts for Google Docs
  2. From within Google Docs:
    • Navigate to Help > Keyboard shortcuts; or
    • Press Ctrl+/ (Windows, Chrome OS) or +/ (Mac)

      Help > Keyboard shortcuts > Editing  ( Windows)
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    Updated the accepted answer to cover both use cases (PC/Mac) as well as a note about rearranging the special keys.
    – Blindspots
    Sep 29 at 21:01
  • @BlindSpots The Help Center article and on-app dialog keyboard don't match for "Switch to viewing". The article shows C while the screenshot shows D. On my Mac Mini, with a Spanish keyboard, the one with D works.
    – Rubén
    Oct 1 at 1:55
  • @Rubén acknowledged. You and Driveman seem to agree and I am not a Mac user. Clarified their answer and upvoted.
    – Blindspots
    Oct 1 at 4:25
  • @BlindSpots It's bugging me that it's not clear if there was a change or if the help article have been wrong all the time. But not so much as to put my time on this now :)
    – Rubén
    Oct 1 at 13:47
  • @Rubén Also not very slick also mixing the SHIFT key position between documentation and in-app help which generates confusion without being a material difference.
    – Blindspots
    Oct 1 at 16:40

The viewing mode shortcut (Mac) has now changed to Shift+Option+Command+D (it originally used the letter C).

Mac Shortcuts

  • Editing mode: Shift+Option+Command+Z
  • Suggesting mode: Shift+Option+Command+X
  • Viewing mode: Shift+Option+Command+D
  • Welcome to Web Applications SE. Is there an announcement about this change? How do you know that is permanent and not a glitch / bug? Have you tried the round to find the keyboard shortcut documentation? Maybe MrWonderful answer has a typo. pnuts answer shows keyboard shortcuts for Windows systems.
    – Rubén
    Sep 29 at 20:32
  • It's not a duplicate - the viewing mode shortcut had changed from Shift-Option-Command-C to Shift-Option-Command-D. That said, I did a poor job highlighting this single change. Editing to fix.
    – Driveman
    Sep 30 at 23:48

As of today I think the answer has changed. I can't find official documentation for it, but it works on my account

Editing mode: Shift-Option-Command-Z

Suggesting mode: Shift-Option-Command-X

Viewing mode:  Shift-Option-Command-C
  • This keyboard shortcut looks to work for Mac. Are you still using a Mac? What is the current version of MacOS that you are using? Have you tried the route mentioned in the previous answer?
    – Rubén
    Sep 29 at 20:35
  • Your answer doesn't match the documentation and the documentation hasn't changed. You have simply changed the order of the non-letter keys which in this case doesn't matter as they don't trigger a separate command and nothing happens until the letter key is pressed.
    – Blindspots
    Sep 29 at 21:00

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