Google Docs provides a significant number of ways for you to edit a document. Whether you are changing the margins in the document, or simply editing text, you will typically be able to find a way to accomplish what you need.
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But if you find that you are attempting to edit the document and your edits have colored lines around them and a comment bubble, then you may be wondering why this is occurring. It’s due to the current mode that the document is in. Our tutorial below will show you how to identify the current Google Docs mode and how to change it to the standard editing mode to which you are likely accustomed.
How to Go Back to Editing Mode in Google Docs
The steps in this article were performed in the desktop version of the Google Chrome Web browser, but will also work in other desktop browsers like Safari or Firefox. Once you have switched back to editing mode you will be able to make changes to the document as normal, including changes such as editing a hyperlink.
Step 1: Open a browser tab and navigate to your Google Drive at https://drive.google.com, then open the document that you wish to change.
Step 2: Locate the mode dropdown menu at the top-right of the window, above the document body.
Step 3: Click that mode dropdown menu and choose the Editing option.
Note that the existing suggestions in the document will remain until you click the checkmark on them to accept those changes.
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