Google Docs - Assistive Writing Features


Smart Compose

You can use Smart Compose in Google Docs to help you write documents faster and more easily.
(Smart Compose is also available in Google Slides, Sheets and Drawings)

Turn Smart Compose on or off

  1. Open a file. 
  2. At the top, click Toolsand thenPreferences
  3. To turn Smart Compose on or off, click Show Smart Compose suggestions.
  4. Click Ok.
Tip: If you turn off Smart Compose in Google Docs, Smart Compose suggestions won't display in the main editing window or in comments. You can't turn off Smart Compose in Google Sheets.

Accept or reject a suggestion

To accept a Smart Compose suggestion:

  • Press the tab key
  • Press the right-arrow key
  • For Android or iOS: Swipe right over the suggested text
To reject a Smart Compose suggestion, keep typing.

Turn Smart Compose on or

  1. Open a document in Google Docs.
  2. In the top left, click Spell Check Spell check. A box will open in the top right corner.
    • To use a suggestion, click Change.
    • To ignore a suggestion, click Ignore.
    • To accept or ignore all suggestions, click More More  and then Accept all or Ignore all.


Spelling and Grammar Suggestions

If you have spelling and grammar suggestions turned on, misspelled words are underlined in red, and grammar suggestions are underlined in blue. Learn how to turn suggestions on or off

To quickly accept or ignore the corrections: 

  • Press Tab to accept the suggestion.
  • Right-click the red or blue underline. 
    • To accept the suggestion, click the edited word. 
    • To ignore the suggestion, click Ignore.
    • To report an incorrect suggestion, click Feedback on suggestion.


Autocorrect can automatically correct capitalization and spelling in Google Docs. It can also automatically detect links, lists, and quotes. You can turn autocorrect on or off, turn off specific substitutions, and turn suggestions on or off.

Autocorrect is available in:

  • English 
  • Spanish 
  • French 
  • Portuguese
  • German

If you’re using Google Docs in English, you may also see suggestions to change your word choice and style.

Turn off autocorrect

  1. Open a document or presentation in Google Docs.
  2. Click Tools and then Preferences and then General.
  3. To turn off certain autocorrects, like automatic capitalization, spelling corrections, or link detection, uncheck the box next to the function.
  4. Click OK.

Additional Assistive Writing Features

Google Docs as these additional features:

  • Alternate wording
  • Using active voice 
  • Making sentence structure more concise 
  • Use of more inclusive language 
  • Potential inappropriate words 

These features offer a variety of stylistic and writing suggestions as you compose documents. Suggestions will appear as you type and help guide you when there are opportunities to avoid repeated or unnecessary words, helping diversify your writing and ensuring you’re using the most effective word for the situation. 

You’ll see suggestions when there are opportunities to structure a sentence with an active voice or when a sentence can be more concise, helping to make your writing more impactful. Potentially discriminatory or inappropriate language will be flagged, along with suggestions on how to make your writing more inclusive and appropriate for your audience. 

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