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Suggest edits in Google Docs

You can suggest changes to a document without changing the original text. If the owner approves your suggestions, they replace the original text.

Suggest changes to a file

  1. On your computer, open a document in Google Docs.
    • In the top right, if you don’t see "Suggesting," click Editing and then Suggesting. If you don’t see this option, ask the file owner to let you suggest changes.
  2. Make any change in the document.
    • You’ll see your change in a new color. Anything you delete will be crossed out.
    • To add more detail, click your suggestion and type a comment. Then click Reply.
  3. The owner of the file will get an email about your suggestions and can decide whether to keep them.

Learn how to add a comment to Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides.

Accept or reject suggestions

If someone has suggested an edit to a document you own, you can accept or reject it.

  1. On your computer, open a document in Google Docs.
  2. Click the comment you want to accept or reject.
  3. In the top-right of the comment, click Accept or Reject .

To see all accepted and rejected edits, go to the top right and click Comments.

Let others suggest edits

Other people can make suggested changes when you give them permission to comment on or make changes to your file.

Learn more about sharing files.

Import a document with tracked changes

When you convert files between Google Docs editors and Microsoft Office:

  • Any tracked changes in Microsoft Office become suggestions in Google Docs editors.
  • Any suggestions in Google Docs editors become tracked changes in Microsoft Office.

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