When you create and edit documents in Google Docs, there are certain things that you take for granted. One of these things is that when you add content or edit existing content, that they change will simply take effect in the document. But if those changes aren’t applying, and you are seeing a green box and a comment bubble when you type, then you may be wondering what is going on.
This is happening because the document is in “Suggesting” mode rather than “Editing” mode. This mode is commonly used for proofreading, editing, and collaborating, but it is possible to turn it on even if you are the only person with access to the document.
Fortunately getting out of Suggestion mode and back to the standard Editing mode is a fairly quick fix. Our guide below will show you how to return to the normal editing mode in Google Docs.
How to Stop Google Docs from Adding Edits as a Green Box with a Comment
- Open your document.
- Click View.
- Choose Mode, then Editing.
Our article continues below with additional information on change modes in Google Docs, including pictures of these steps.
How to Switch Modes in Google Docs (Guide with Pictures)
The steps in this article were performed in the desktop version of Google Chrome. These same steps will work in other desktop browsers like Mozilla Firefox or Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Sign into Google Drive and open the document.
Step 2: Click the View tab at the top of the window.
Step 3: Choose the Mode option near the top of the menu, then select the Editing option.
Now you should be able to make edits in your document as usual, with the content updating immediately as you delete or add information.
If you have some suggestions in your document then will remain there even when you switch back to Editing mode. However you can click on the suggestion, then click the check mark or x on the comment bubble if you want to accept or discard the suggestion.
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