Are you trying to add quotation marks to a document in Google Docs, but they keep getting “curled” in the direction of nearby text? This is occurring because something called “smart quotes” is currently enabled.
Many people that use quotation marks in their documents like the formatting where those quotation marks seem to enclose a particular quote. But default quotation marks are more vertical and that, and won’t have the curling effect that some people seem to prefer. Google Docs makes this curling pattern the default setting, but you are able to turn it off if you don’t want it. Our tutorial below will show you where to find and disable smart quotes in Google Docs.
How to Stop Google Docs from Automatically Using Smart Quotes
The steps in this article were performed in the Google Chrome Web-browser version of Google Docs. This tutorial assumes that your Google Docs application is currently using “smart quotes” when you add a quote to the beginning or end of text, and that you would like that behavior to stop.
Step 1: Go to your Google Drive at https://drive.google.com/drive/my-drive and open a Google Docs file.
Step 2: Click the Tools tab at the top of the window.
Step 3: Select the Preferences option near the bottom of this menu.
Step 4: Click the box to the left of Use smart quotes to disable this behavior. You can then click the OK button at the bottom of the menu to apply your changes.
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