When using Google Docs on macOS, the shortcut that Google has for adding a comment seems to be ⌘⎇M, which happens to be the same system-wide shortcut for minimizing all of the windows of a particular application. Consequently, when using that shortcut, instead of a comment being added, all the browser windows get minimized.

Is there a way to add a comment via a shortcut on macOS?

How do I use shortcuts like these which conflict with, and are overridden by macOS shortcuts?

  • make sure you press Command ⌘ + Option ⌥ + M not Command ⌘ + M
    – user0
    Commented Jul 30, 2018 at 1:09
  • Command ⌘ + Option ⌥ + M is a shortcut which minimizes all the windows from the currently active application. Command ⌘ + M is a shortcut which minimizes the currently active window. Both are shortcuts reserved by macOS unless overridden, which Google Docs doesn't not seem to do Commented Jul 30, 2018 at 1:20

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Finally found out how to do it: the option which you are looking for is Override browser shortcuts.

Go to Help and search for and enable the following option:

Override browser shortcuts

This option can also be toggled by going to the shortcuts screen. There will be a switch for it on the bottom.


yes it is:

  • Command ⌘ + Option ⌥ + M ...for Inserting comment
  • Control ⌃ + Enter...for Entering current comment

all keyboard shortcuts: https://support.google.com/docs/

or type this into search bar: chrome://extensions/shortcuts


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