Making suggestions with Google Docs

When you’re critiquing for other writers (or when they critique for you) there are lots of ways to get the information across. And it’s best to work it out between you before you get started.

One of the popular ways is to send the other person a word document, which they edit with Track Changes turned on. This shows you what changes they’ve made right within the document.

You can find this option (depending on the version of Word you’re using) under the Review tab.



Some people prefer to use Google Docs. This saves you from having to create a lot of documents and email them back and forth. If you’re a Google Docs user, you create the document and give your crit partner permission to edit it.

But how do they track changes instead of directly editing your doc?


But it’s up to the person doing the critiquing. When they’re editing your document, they have to change from editing mode to suggesting mode. This can be found on the right hand side of the menu bar. If your window is wide enough, it will show the word “Editing” along with the symbol (which is a pencil). If your window is too narrow, it will just show the symbol. Change this to “Suggesting” and you’ll get the same effect as using Track Changes.


There you go. Cake.

Now I’m off to figure out how to set the paragraph indent in Google Docs. 🙂

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