Shortcuts to quickly access Docs, Sheets, and your calendar

Almost everyone knows some basic keyboard shortcuts. Ctrl + C for copy, Ctrl + V for paste, Alt + F4 to close an application or other active item and the infamous Ctrl + Alt + Delete for when things aren’t going so well.

You can use keyboard shortcuts to paste text without the original formatting, take a picture of your screen, create a virtual desktop, and more. Tap or click here for seven keyboard shortcuts to save you even more time.

There are more ways to give chase than a few keystrokes. You can open Google files like Docs, Sheets, Slides, and more from your browser without multiple clicks. Keep reading to learn how.

Use shortcuts to create new files

There is an easy way to open a new Google Doc file, which is the Google version of a Word document. The same goes for opening a new Google spreadsheet (Google’s version of Excel). One shortcut opens your Google calendar with a new blank calendar entry for you to fill, which is faster than going through your calendar itself or Google Drive.

You can use dictation to save even more time when performing multiple tasks at once. Tap or click here for instructions on dictating in Google Docs and Microsoft Word.

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First, make sure you’re signed in to your Google account. Now open your Chrome browser and type the name of a Google application followed by “.new” in the URL bar of the browser.

For example, you can open a Google Doc by typing “”. There are even shorter versions of these names that you can use.

Here is a handy list for reference. You can use one of the following keyboard shortcuts for any application:

Google Docs:,, doc.newGoogle Spreadsheets:,, sheet.newGoogle Slides:,, slide.newGoogle Forms:, form.newGoogle Keep :,, note.newGoogle Calendar:, cal.newGoogle Meeting:

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