Is there a URL convention that allows me to share a Google doc so that when it is opened it is in “Suggesting” Mode but still allows the user to change to “Edit” Mode?

I know that I can share a document with COMMENT privileges which locks users into a “Suggesting” mode, But I want my users to be forced to think about changing OUT of “Suggesting” mode and still be able to switch TO “Edit” mode.

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A document will only open in Suggesting or View mode when it has been shared with a collaborator using those permissions. If you are the owner of the document, or if you are a collaborator with Edit permissions then you will need to manually change those settings each time you open the document.

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    Is there no way to programmatically change this mode? I would MORE than happily add a single line of code onOpen(e) for each doc setting the mode to Suggesting. It should an option you can set for ALL docs... Jan 26, 2016 at 17:57
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    @fionaredmond is there any way to change a shared document url to open in viewing mode and the user manually change to suggesting mode instead of the opposite? Seems people are damaging document by mistake, causing administrative burden (havin to reject proposed changes that were done by mistake) Jun 2, 2017 at 11:08
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    @GeorgeBirbilis you can add /preview at the end of the document's URL. I wonder if there is such a mode for suggesting. I understood it was the purpose of this thread...
    – Maxbester
    Dec 18, 2019 at 15:16
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    Oddly, /comment works too, but doesn't seem to have any effect. /otherstuff gives an error.
    – Kev
    Nov 25, 2022 at 13:34

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This is exactly what I wanted. The ability to share a doc, but only share it with SUGGEST mode instead of full edit mode.

Thank you Google.

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    The thing is that one may want to share a link to a document where people can do suggestions / comment and optionally change to edit mode to fix/add stuff. Aka explicitly do edits, not by accident Dec 19, 2019 at 18:35
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    Also, this option should say "Anyone with the link can comment and suggest edits". It's not clear from that text that it allows suggesting edits. One might expect better UX from Google, oh well. Feb 10, 2021 at 18:39
  • I just noticed that this only works with native Google docs. If you're sharing a .docx, it instead provides a drive.google.com link which opens in a Google Drive view similar to if it was a PDF, and you can only add comments but not suggest edits. There are two solutions: 1) to make a copy as a native Google doc, share that, and probably ditch the .docx, or 2) change the URL to this format: https://docs.google.com/document/d/<LONG ID HERE>/edit?usp=sharing. May 23, 2021 at 21:00

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