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While this video about comments in Google Docs was designed for teachers, it can be applied to anyone who uses Drive as their default document suite and is a heavy user of comments.

If you’re making dozens of comments per assignment, you can shave minutes (even hours) off your workload by implementing these easy to use keyboard shortcuts.

1.) Select a passage, paragraph, sentence or word that you want to comment on

2.) To insert a comment:

  • Chrome or PC users – CTRL + ALT + M
  • Mac users – Option + Command + M

Keep in mind that if you don’t press actually make the comment, your changes inside the comment box will not be saved (unlike automatic saved changes for the rest of Google Drive).

3.) Use the keyboard shortcut to submit the comment:

  • Chrome, PC or Mac – CTRL + Enter

4.) Find the list of Keyboard Shortcuts using a keyboard shortcut:

  • Chrome or PC – Ctrl + /
  • Mac – Command + /

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Scott Thompson
Scott Thompson

As an English teacher I frequently write the same comments, like comma rules, and want to create keyboard shortcuts for these.

I know how to create customized keyboard shortcuts, but they don’t work in the comment boxes. I heard of other teachers doing this while at a conference, but I haven’t been able to figure it out for myself.




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