Technology · June 23, 2022

This one hidden Google shortcut saves you time every day

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Most of us know at least some basic keyboard shortcuts. Ctrl + C to copy, Ctrl + V to paste, and the infamous Ctrl + Alt + Del when things aren’t going so well.

That’s not all. You can use your keyboard to paste text without its original messy formatting, take a picture of your screen and create a virtual desktop to keep work and life separate. Tap or click here for seven shortcuts that can save you even more time.

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There are more ways to get to the point beyond a few keystrokes. If you use Google Docs, Sheets, and Calendar, this is a smart, fast way to create new files and events without having to click through menus.

Use google shortcuts to create new files

Microsoft Office is expensive. If you don’t want to pay for Word, Excel and the rest, a free alternative is the way to go. Google isn’t the only option out there. Tap or click here for seven free options that do what Word does.

But if you use Google Docs, here’s a trick you need to know. The same goes for opening a new Google Sheet, the Google version of Excel.

A similar shortcut will open your Google calendar with a new blank calendar entry for you to fill out, which is faster than searching your calendar itself or Google Drive.

BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 22: The Google Drive file hosting service logo seen on the display of a smartphone on April 22, 2020 in Berlin, Germany.  (Photo by Thomas Trutschel / Photothek via Getty Images)

BERLIN, GERMANY – APRIL 22: The Google Drive file hosting service logo seen on the display of a smartphone on April 22, 2020 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Thomas Trutschel / Photothek via Getty Images)

That’s how it works

First, make sure you are signed into your Google account. Now open your browser. In the browser’s URL bar, enter the type of file you want to create along with “.new”.

For example, you can open a Google Doc by typing “document.new“or a calendar entry by tapping”Cal.new.”

Here’s a handy list for reference. You can use one of the following keyboard shortcuts for each application:

  • Google Docs: document.new, docs.new, doc.new
  • Google Sheets: Sheet.new, Sheets.New, Sheet.New
  • Google Slides: presentation.new, slides.new, slide.new
  • Google Forms: forms.new, form.new
  • Google Notes: keep.new, notes.new, note.new
  • Google Calendar: meeting.neu, cal.neu
  • Google Meeting: meet.new

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where you are at

If you use Google Docs, there’s a good chance you also use Gmail, Chrome, and other Google products. Do yourself a favor and check out these guides to lock your browser and erase your personal information from the web.

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The Google logo is displayed at Google's headquarters in Mountain View, California, on September 2, 2015.

The Google logo is displayed at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, on September 2, 2015.
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