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 '12 at 19:15

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! – Jon Schneider Jan 17 '13 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. – user3041539 Jul 26 '17 at 8:59
  • Link gives a 403 forbidden error – Kev Feb 27 '19 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. – Jon Schneider Jan 22 '18 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.


Hit f7 followed by enter. Hope this helps!

  • Thanks, F7 is a handy shortcut! – pcdev Apr 29 '20 at 6:45

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