Suggested Edits in Google Docs

This post is about a¬†useful feature that most people don’t notice in Google Docs:¬†Suggesting Mode. ¬†This is fantastic for students doing peer revisions or even teachers collaborating on projects. ¬†It allows you to show people what you think should be changed, without actually changing it. ¬†The choice is ultimately theirs.

I recommend this when students do any peer revisions in class: if you’re suggesting a specific grammatical, punctuation or word change,¬†use Suggested Edits. ¬†However, if you’re giving more general feedback¬†or suggesting a change be made, but not identifying what to change to,¬†use a Comment.

Anyhow, here’s how it works: Up in the top right corner you’ll see the word or icon for¬†Editing,¬†Commenting or¬†Viewing. ¬†Click on that and switch to¬†Suggesting. ¬†Now, act as though you’re actually editing the document (type, backspace, etc.), but your “edits” will show as “suggested edits.” ¬†Awesome!

Suggested Edits in Google Docs Animation

Locate your Collaborator by Clicking on their Icon

Wait, what page are you on?
I’m confused. ¬†What slide are you referring to?
Ugh, what cell are you in!?

GSuite’s tools make collaboration–both between adults and between students–a piece of cake, but it can still be tough to keep up with one another, especially in lengthy Docs, Sheets or Slide decks. ¬†Did you know that if you click on their icon it will jump you right to their location? ¬†You’re welcome.

Check out the two GIFs below . . .

Click on Collaborator Icon to Locate Them Animation

 

Searching Google Drive by Owner or Shared To

Sometimes you know who you collaborated on a doc with, but just can’t come up with a search that leads you to that doc. ¬†Why not use their email address to track down the doc?

Searching Drive by Owner or To Animation

I discovered this search term when I was asked to track down all interactions between two specific students.  This gave me the capability to see all docs on which they had communicated, provide them to our administrator and delete the docs from the student accounts.