Google Docs is an excellent tool for collaborative word processing and perhaps the most commonly used app in G Suite, but sometimes it can leave you a little frustrated.
It seems that Google forgot to include a key functionality that any Microsoft Word user would be very familiar with — to “Accept All Changes”.
This function comes in handy when you have someone review an article, copy or any piece of text. In Microsoft Word, the editor hits the ‘Track Changes’ button but in Google Docs we prefer to be ‘Suggesting’ changes that can later be accepted by the actual writer, editor, sub-editor or proofreader.
The way Google Docs is designed is such that the user is expected to accept changes one by one by clicking on the ✓ sign for each edit made. This can be a tiresome process if you want to accept all suggested changes. In addition to the misfortune of having to edit a bad piece, you now run the risk of carpal tunnel syndrome with all those mouse clicks!
Our lead programmer has approved the use of a clever little script that can make the job easier for us. One click and it works like magic!
However, the script does require a little setting up.
Step 1: Carefully copy the script below.
Step 2: Add a new bookmark in your Chrome browser.
Step 3: Drop the code.
Step 4: Test your script.
It should run smoothly, clicking through those floating comment boxes one by one, allowing you to do something more useful with your time. This can take a few moments, in case you expect it to do it in a fraction of a second.
That’s it. Wasn’t that easy?
Tell us how it worked for you in the comments below and feel free to share this productivity hack with your team(s).