In Google Docs, if a misspelled word is present in a document, a red underline is displayed under that word, as is typical in text-composition applications.

When the caret (insertion point) is positioned over the misspelled word, is there a keyboard shortcut that can be used to get Google Docs to display suggested corrected spellings (i.e. the same behavior that Google Docs provides when you right-click the misspelled word with the mouse)?

On a Windows PC, I would normally use the "Menu" / "Applications" key for this; however, in Google Docs, this causes an unrelated context menu to be displayed that does not include spelling suggestions. (Tested in both Firefox and Chrome.)

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    Doesn't look like it. The only keyboard shortcuts I see for misspellings just allow you move to the next/previous misspelling. I can't see a way to get the Google Docs context menu to come up with just the keyboard. Bad accessibility design if you ask me.
    – ale
    Jun 21, 2012 at 19:15

4 Answers 4


Try Control+Shift+\

Works in Google Chrome for me.

I found this at https://sites.google.com/a/umich.edu/going-google/accessibility/google-documents-keyboard-shortcuts---mac

  • Interesting. This shortcut only seems to work in Google Docs -- not any other applications that I tried briefly -- but it does work! Thanks! Jan 17, 2013 at 3:03
  • This doesn't work in both Firefox and Chrome - it just opens a regular context menu. Same result as using the menu button that is located next to right ctrl. Jul 26, 2017 at 8:59
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    – Kev
    Feb 27, 2019 at 9:56

According to Google Docs help, context menu can be opened with following keys.

Cmd / Ctrl+Shift+\


Cmd / Ctrl+Shift+x

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    On Mac, per my testing (Firefox on Mac) and also the linked article, only Cmd+Shift+\ works, but not Cmd+Shift+x. Jan 22, 2018 at 22:28
  1. Move courser into underlined misspelled word,
    (=> correction bubble will pop up (see image))
  2. press Tab to select,
  3. press Enter to apply.


Based on this answer by Miso Takacs.

  • This is exactly what I needed, thanks! Jul 26, 2021 at 17:53

Hit f7 followed by enter. Hope this helps!

  • Thanks, F7 is a handy shortcut!
    – pcdev
    Apr 29, 2020 at 6:45

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