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I do a lot of reviewing suggestions in Google Docs and I have the cursor "within" suggested text and would like to accept/reject the suggestion with a keyboard shortcut.

From what I can tell there is currently no keyboard shortcut for this, despite there being a menu item, but I am hoping to confirm this and document that it's missing.

Menu item "Accept Suggestion"

If you use the menu search (option+/) while the cursor is inside a suggestion, an Accept Suggestion item is available, and selecting it does what I expect it to. Unfortunately there is no keyboard shortcut displayed for it.

Other keyboard shortcuts for suggestions

As we can see, there are shortcuts to start reviewing, and to navigate between suggestions, but no way to directly accept or reject them

Screenshot of the keyboard shortcuts for reviewing suggestions and jumping to the next and previous suggestions

Is there a way to create a shortcut for this based on the menu item?

I'm happy to either be proven wrong ("there IS a shortcut") or to be explained that there is some way to take advantage of the menu item and add a shortcut for myself.

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    Another non-ideal way: open context menu Ctrl+Shift+\ , navigate down , accept ⏎ (on MacOS: Cmd instead of Ctrl) – Blaise Jan 22 at 13:40
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    Good point. That's so much fussy work that I'd probably rather use the mouse, but in terms of a keyboard-only solution, I think it's actually the best answer :( – jerclarke Jan 23 at 17:11
  • Hurray! Google added Tab as a shortcut! – Blaise Jul 20 at 14:36
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Try Control+Shift+\ on Windows or Command+Shift+\ on MacOS, then down arrow to tab through suggestions

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  • Thanks! How did you find it? Is there some documentation out there? – boldnik Apr 16 at 20:44
  • @boldnik, It's associated with "Context (right-click) menu" in the Google Docs keyboard shortcut page. – Daniel Fletcher Apr 25 at 20:50
  • Anything for gmail auto complete / auto correct type suggestions? – ijuneja Jun 6 at 14:29
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Update: Hurray! Google added the Tab button as a shortcut!

Outdated answer:

You can also use the shortcut for reviewing all suggestions in the document:

Control+Alt+X, then Return to accept.

On macOS:

Cmd+Alt+X, then Return to accept.

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If you just want to accept the one suggestion for your immediate context, and you're on the word to be corrected, and the pop-up is present, i.e.

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you can then use (in Windows) Ctrl+Alt+E Ctrl+Alt+P to move the focus to the popup (the suggestion will be highlighted in light blue) and then use Enter to accept the suggestion.

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  • Thanks exactly what I needed. Doesn't seem to work for gmail though, got something for gmail suggestions? – ijuneja Jun 6 at 14:28
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In my case (Linux, PC) the shortest sequence was to press "Context menu" button (this one), "Down", and "Enter" to accept the top suggestion. I can do it without taking my hands of the default position.

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When your cursor is at or in the offending word or phrase you will see the suggestion - if you want it simply press Tab (to highlight the suggestion) and enter to use the suggestion. So Tab>Enter.

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