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What to do if you can’t type in Google Docs?

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Many people have reported that Google Docs isn’t letting them type. Fortunately, there are a few fixes that you can try to resolve this particular issue.

Google Docs is a popular online word processor using which you can edit and create documents from many devices, including Android, iPhones, iPads, Windows, or Macs.

In this article, we are here with a list of fixes.

Possible reasons why you can’t type in Google Docs

Before continuing further, let us understand the possible reasons behind the issue.

Some of the common reasons are as follows:

  • Browser issues: Issues such as outdated cache, cookies, or incompatible extensions may lead to this issue.
  • Internet issues: A slow or unstable internet connection is also one of the reasons for the error.
  • Problems with Google account: Sync errors or permission issues with your Google account can also cause this problem.

Also read: How to change the language in Google Docs?

How to fix Google Docs typing issue?

Now that we have understood the possible reasons behind the problem let us head to the fixes.

Fix your browser issues

Browser issues involve outdated or corrupt cache and cookies. Clear your cache and cookies and see if it fixes the issue.

Head to this article to clear the browsing history of Google Chrome.

To clear your browsing history on Microsoft Edge, head to this article.

Fix your internet issue

Another fix that you should try to fix Google Docs can’t type is to fix your internet, as slow and unstable internet can cause problems with Google Docs.

If your internet isn’t working properly, head to this article to find the fixes.

Sometimes, your WiFi may also not work, requiring another set of fixes. We have done a detailed article on this.

Request edit access

For documents not created by someone else, you will need access to the document permissions to change or edit the document.

If you don’t have permission, click the Request edit access option at the top. After you have received the access, you can now edit the document.

Also read: How to export Android text messages?

Change the document mode

Google Docs offers three document modes — Editing, Suggesting and Viewing.

If you have selected the viewing mode, you can’t edit the document even if you’re an admin.

To type on the Google Docs again, select Editing.

Edit the document offline

If your current Google Docs are not working, you can try to edit the document offline.

You will have to download the Google Docs Offline Chrome extension. Head to this article here to learn how to edit Google Docs, Sheets and Slides offline.

Log out and sign back in

Another quite easy solution is to sign off your Google account and then sign back in. It is not a go-to solution, but many people have said that this simple solution works.

Remove browser extensions

Sometimes, incompatible browser extensions may cause issues with Google Docs. Thus, you should disable browser extensions and then run Google Docs again.

Step 1: Click the three-dot button and head to Extensions > Manage Extensions.

Step 2: Now, click on Remove to remove the extensions altogether. Otherwise, you can also turn off the toggle to disable the extension for the time being.

Turn off ad blockers

Sometimes, ad blockers may also interfere with Google Docs. Here’s how to disable ad blockers on Chrome:

Step 1: Head to chrome://extensions to see the list of extensions. This works on other browsers too like Edge and Brave.

Step 2: Turn off the toggle in front of the ad blocker.

Reset your browser

Finally, you can reset your browser to fix the issue.

Here’s how to reset Google Chrome:

Step 1: Click on the three-dot button and then select Settings.

Step 2: From the left panel, select Reset settings and then click on Restore settings to their original defaults.

Step 3: Finally, click on Reset settings.

Thus, following the steps above, you can solve the Google Docs can’t type issue easily.

Also read: Fix: Google Docs can’t be shared with me

Kumar Hemant

Kumar Hemant

Deputy Editor at Candid.Technology. Hemant writes at the intersection of tech and culture and has a keen interest in science, social issues and international relations. You can contact him here: