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How to quickly create new google documents with a shortcut or hotkey

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Nobody likes to do things the hard way which is why they created keyboard shortcuts! We’re going to take a look at shortcuts that you’re able to use in Google Docs to shorten the time it takes to use everyday actions.

By no means is this a complete list of all the keyboard shortcuts available in Google Docs. We’ve tried to keep the list more generally useful shortcuts. There are plenty more for you to explore if you can’t find what you’re looking for in this guide.

To open a list of keyboard shortcuts in Google Docs, press Ctrl+/ (Windows and Chrome OS) or Cmd+/ (macOS) or view the complete list on the Google Docs help page.

General Program Actions

These are your everyday keyboard shortcuts that make it easier to do everything from copy text to undo a mistake.

  • Ctrl+C (Windows/Chrome OS) and Cmd+C (macOS): Copy selected text or graphics to the Clipboard
  • Ctrl+X (Windows/Chrome OS) and Cmd+X (macOS): Cut selected text or graphics to the Clipboard
  • Ctrl+V (Windows/Chrome OS) and Cmd+V (macOS): Paste the contents of the Clipboard to your document
  • Ctrl+Shift+V (Windows/Chrome OS) and Cmd+Shift+V (macOS): Paste the contents of the Clipboard without formatting
  • Ctrl+Z (Windows/Chrome OS) and Cmd+Z (macOS): Undo an action
  • Ctrl+Y (Windows/Chrome OS) and Cmd+Y (macOS): Redo an action
  • Ctrl+K (Windows/Chrome OS) and Cmd+K (macOS): Insert or edit an external link
  • Ctrl+S (Windows/Chrome OS) and Cmd+S (macOS): Save (every change is already saved in Drive, here for those few paranoid people)
  • Ctrl+P (Windows/Chrome OS) and Cmd+P (macOS): Print your document
  • Ctrl+O(Windows/Chrome OS) and Cmd+O (macOS): Open a file from your Drive or Computer
  • Ctrl+F (Windows/Chrome OS) and Cmd+F (macOS): Find specific text in your document
  • Ctrl+H (Windows/Chrome OS) and Cmd+H (macOS): Find and replace text in your document
  • Ctrl+Shift+F (Windows/Chrome OS) and Cmd+Shift+F (macOS): Compact mode (hide the menus)

Character Formatting

Google Docs has heaps of shortcuts that allow you to apply character formatting (paragraph formatting is covered in the next section). When you need to italicize, bold, or underline some text, these are the types of shortcuts you’ll use.

  • Ctrl+B (Windows/Chrome OS) and Cmd+B (macOS): Apply bold formatting
  • Ctrl+I (Windows/Chrome OS) and Cmd+I (macOS): Apply italic formatting
  • Ctrl+U (Windows/Chrome OS) and Cmd+U (macOS): Apply underline formatting
  • Alt+Shift+5 (Windows/Chrome OS) and Cmd+Shift+X (macOS): Apply strikethrough formatting
  • Ctrl+Alt+C (Windows/Chrome OS) and Cmd+Option+C (macOS): Copy the selected text’s formatting
  • Ctrl+Alt+V (Windows/Chrome OS) and Cmd+Option+V (macOS): Paste text formatting
  • Ctrl+\ (Windows/Chrome OS) and Cmd+\ (macOS): Clear text formatting
  • Ctrl+Shift+> or or

And that about does it. These are some of the best keyboard shortcuts available in Google Docs. Hopefully, these can help make your life a lot easier, and if you didn’t find the ones you were looking for, check out the Google support page for more commands.

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If you’ve switched over from Microsoft Office to Google Docs, you’ve probably noticed there’s just one problem: creating a new document takes far too many steps. Here’s how to create new documents with single click—or even a shortcut key.

Note: you can use these shortcuts to create Documents, Spreadsheets, and Presentations, but we’ve not yet figured out how to make a shortcut for a new Drawing. If you figure that out, please let us know . Thanks to Ed, we even have the shortcut for a new Drawing.

Create a Windows Shortcut

Start by clicking anywhere on the desktop, and choosing New -> Shortcut from the context menu.

Now you’ll want to paste in the full URL for creating a new document in Google Docs, Spreadsheets, or Presentations into the Location box, and then give it an appropriate name. If you’re using standard Google Docs, you’ll be using one of the following URLs:

  • http://docs.google.com/?action=newdoc
  • http://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?new
  • http://docs.google.com/?action=new_presentation
  • https://docs.google.com/drawings/create?hl=en

If you’re using Google Apps, you’ll want to use one of these URLs, replacing YOURDOMAIN with the actual name of your domain—you’ll probably notice that these URLs have HTTPS, which you can choose to use, or not.

  • https://docs.google.com/a/YOURDOMAIN.com/?action=newdoc
  • https://spreadsheets.google.com/a/YOURDOMAIN.com/ccc?new
  • https://docs.google.com/a/YOURDOMAIN.com/?action=new_presentation
  • https://docs.google.com/a/YOURDOMAIN.com/drawings/create?hl=en

Make sure that you’ve created the shortcuts that you want, and named them correctly, so we can add some nice icons.

Assign an Appropriate Icon and a Hotkey

To change the shortcut, just right-click on it and use Properties from the context menu, then flip over to the Web Document tab if you’re not already there. From here, you can customize the shortcut key to something that you’d like, and assign a different icon.

If you want some good icons that match, you can download this set of Google Docs icons from Softpedia, which will make your resulting shortcuts look like this:

It’s important to note that if you want the shortcut keys to work for these shortcuts, you’ll need to either have the shortcut on your desktop or in the Start Menu—the hotkeys just don’t work elsewhere.

Creating a Web Browser Shortcut

If you’re already in your web browser and have Google Docs open, you can just use the drop-down menu to create new shortcuts—but personally I find this quite tedious, especially since I rarely have the Docs screen open already. This means to create new document I’ve got to sign into Docs, and then wait for that page to load, and then click the drop-down menu, and then wait for another page to load.

Instead of all that, you can simply drag one of the following shortcuts up to your Bookmarks bar—if you’re using regular Google Docs, at least, and not Google Apps.

If you’re using Google Apps, you can create a new bookmark, using one of the URLs from earlier.

If you are using Firefox, you could have entered an alternate keyword as well, to create new documents using the location bar, but Google Chrome users don’t have that option in the bookmarks system. What you’ll have to do instead is right-click on the location bar and go to Edit Search Engines.

From there, you can add in a new “search engine”, but instead, just use the URL to create a new Google Document. This way you can simply enter the keyword into the location bar, and it’ll create a new document.

If you’re wondering why the last screenshot is different… yes, I started writing this article on Windows and then switched over to my MacBook Air so I could watch the football game in the other room.

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Those of us who come from the days of typewriters rather than keyboards know all about shortcut keys. This was/is a method of speeding up your work routine and is still very prevalent today. For those of you who are not shortcut key users, don’t worry. There is always another way to do everything in Windows.

Leave it to Microsoft to change some of the shortcut keys from one operating system to another. This must be one of the ways that they are always “improving” and therefore selling a new, upgraded version of their software. But let’s get back on task.

Shortcut Key Notes

  • Whenever shortcut keys are listed, with a plus sign ( + ) in the string, such as Ctrl+C, this indicates that the Ctrl key is held while the letter C is pressed.
  • When a shortcut key is listed with commas separating the string, such as Alt+F, W, F, the Alt key is held while the letter F is pressed, but then both these keys are released while the W and F keys are pressed one after the other.
  • You can use either upper or lower case letters in these shortcut key combinations. Uppercase letters are just shown in this article for clarity.

Windows XP Shortcut Keys to Create a New Folder

The keyboard shortcut key combination is this: Alt+F, W, F. Translated that means:

  • Hold down the Alt key while pressing the letter F.
  • Let go of both the Alt key and letter F and then press the letter W followed by the letter F in quick succession.

Keyboard and Mouse Combination

The mouse and keyboard shortcut key combination is: Right-click, W, F. Translated that means:

  • Right-click in the window and then press the letter W followed by the letter F in quick succession.

Shortcut Keys to Create a New Folder for Windows 7, 8, and 10

This shortcut key combination is more obvious and much easier to remember:
Ctrl+Shift+N

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Have you ever wanted to be able to just hit a hotkey that tells Windows to switch from High Performance down to Power Saver? Sure, you can use the tray icon, but since we like to customize things there’s always another way.

Thanks to our great forum member ScottW for coming up with this idea. He’s always an excellent source of geeky wisdom!

Using the powercfg Command

Windows 7 and Vista come with the powercfg command that you can use from the command prompt, and we’ll have to use this tool to figure out the GUID—the internal ID that Windows uses—for the plan itself.

To find the power scheme GUID, simply open up a command prompt and type in the following:

This should leave you with a list of the power plans you have assigned on your system, and the appropriate GUID for each. If you’ve read our handy guide to copying to the clipboard from the command prompt, it’s an easy task to copy the GUID for later.

As you can see in the screenshot, you can use the –setactive argument to actually switch between the plans from the command line, which is how we’ll create the shortcut.

Creating the Shortcut

Next you’ll need to create a shortcut by right-clicking on the desktop and choosing New \ Shortcut.

You’ll want to use the following in the application shortcut, replacing the GUID with your own:

Note how it looks in the screenshot… yours should look the same.

Update: Reader Nick points out that you can use /setactive “Name of Profile” instead of the GUID as an alternate option.

You can repeat the same thing to create another shortcut for one of the other power plans.

Customize the Shortcut

Now that we have some fancy shortcuts, you can make them look better by tweaking the icon, and then assign a shortcut key. There are a number of really great icons in the following Windows DLL file:

And you can assign a shortcut key to switch power schemes on the fly.

Once you’re all done, you should have two new icons, ready to use!

If you wanted to get really geeky, you can use the start menu search box or Launchy to switch the schemes from the keyboard.

Alternate: Use the Mobility Center

As reader borja points out in the comments, you can use the Win+X shortcut key combination to bring up the Mobility Center and quickly switch the power management mode—although it’s not going to really be any quicker than using the tray icon, but still a useful tool!

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A website shortcut allows you to quickly reach your favorite websites by double-clicking an icon on your Windows desktop. You have three different ways to make such shortcuts and we’ll show you what those ways are.

Regardless of what method you use in this guide, the resulting shortcut will launch your specified website in a web browser on your computer.

Make a Desktop Website Shortcut Using Drag and Drop

A quick way to create a desktop website shortcut from Chrome, Firefox, or Edge is to drag and drop the open site to your desktop. When double-clicked, this shortcut opens your site in your computer’s default web browser. This method works on many Linux desktop environments as well.

To use this method, first, launch Chrome, Firefox, or Edge on your computer. Then open the site for which you want to create a shortcut.

When the site loads, in your browser’s top-right corner, click “Restore Down” (a double-window icon) to close the full-screen view. You can now see your site as well as your desktop, which makes dragging and dropping your site to your desktop possible.

In your web browser, beside the address bar, drag the padlock icon and drop it onto your desktop.

On your desktop, you now have a shortcut to the site that’s open in your web browser. Double-click this shortcut each time you want to launch your favorite website.

You can customize the site’s shortcut on your desktop by renaming it or giving it a new icon. For renaming, right-click the shortcut and choose “Rename.” Then enter the name of your choice and press Enter.

And that’s how you make reaching your favorite sites easier with a shortcut!

Create a Custom Desktop Shortcut for a Website

If you’ve ever created a shortcut for any item on your desktop, you’re probably familiar with this method. This method uses Windows’ traditional way of creating shortcuts, which is to right-click on your desktop and choose the new shortcut option.

To utilize this method, first, access your PC’s desktop by pressing Windows+D.

Once you reach the desktop, right-click anywhere blank and choose New > Shortcut.

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On the “Create Shortcut” window that opens, click the “Type the Location of the Item” field and enter your site’s full URL (web address). For example, to make the shortcut open How-To Geek, enter the following URL:

Then, at the bottom of the window, click “Next.”

On the screen that follows, click the “Type a Name For This Shortcut” field and enter a name for your shortcut. Generally, you should use the site’s name as the shortcut name, but you can enter any name of your choice.

Then, at the bottom of the window, click “Finish.”

Your shortcut is now created and you can double-click it to open the specified website in your default web browser.

Make a Desktop Website Shortcut Using Google Chrome

Chrome users can use a browser’s built-in feature to make website shortcuts on the desktop. However, note that these shortcuts will launch your sites only in the Chrome browser, even if you use a different web browser as the default.

To proceed with this method, first, launch Chrome on your computer. Then open the site for which you want to create a shortcut.

When the site opens, in Chrome’s top-right corner, click the three dots and choose More Tools > Create Shortcut.

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In the “Create Shortcut?” box that opens, click the text field and enter a name for your shortcut. Then choose “Create.”

Your desktop website shortcut is now created, and press Windows+D to view it. Remember that double-clicking this shortcut opens your site in Chrome and not in any other web browsers.

Enjoy quicker access to the sites that you frequently visit on your computer.

If you’re on Windows, did you know you can turn a website into a Windows 10 app? Try that out if you’re interested in using sites as native apps.

Creating desktop shortcuts will allow you to access important files, applications, and even websites quickly and easily. If you use any of these regularly and need them to be the first thing you see when you turn on your PC, creating desktop shortcuts is the best way. This tutorial will show you the easy way to create desktop shortcuts on Windows 11 PCs.

Easy Way Create Desktop Shortcuts Windows 11 – Applications

Step-1: Click on the Windows icon on the taskbar. Select the All apps option.

Step-2: Locate the app you want to create a desktop shortcut for.

Step-3: Click on it and drag it to the desktop. You will see the word Link appear when you hover your cursor with the app on the desktop. Release the cursor.

Create Desktop Shortcuts – File

Step-1: Locate the file you wish to create a shortcut for. You can use File Explorer to locate the file.

Step-2: Press the Alt key on your keyboard.

Step-3: While pressing down the Alt key, click on the file and drag it to the desktop. You will see ‘Create Link in desktop’ appear when you hover the cursor with the file on the desktop.
Release the cursor.

Website Shortcuts

  1. Open your browser.
  2. Open the website you wish to create a shortcut for.
  3. In the address bar, you will see a small icon. This will be in the shape of a lock or small i inside a circle. Click on this and drag it to the desktop.

I hope this helps. Let us know in the comments below.

Question

I have Google Docs open in the Google Chrome browser on a Mac. Now I select a piece of text and want to change it’s font just with keyboard shortcuts — without using the mouse.

Example before font change:

Example after font change to e.g. Courier New:

How do I do that?

What I have tried so far

I’ve read the Keyboard shortcuts for Google documents page, but haven’t found anything useful.

There is the Ctrl + Shift + F keyboard shortcut to collaps the menu bar, which then displays the Search the menus (Alt+/) search box.

Menu before pressing Ctrl + Shift + F :

Menu after pressing Ctrl + Shift + F :

Now this search box is pretty awesome because I can just type “Courier New” and hit Enter . But! Alt + / is not working! Why not? I can’t get the focus into that search box.

At this point, I should perhaps note that the keyboard layout is set to German.

The US keyboard layout looks like this:

The German keyboard layout looks like this:

So the forward slash / is on the 7 key: Shift + 7 .

But when I press Alt + Shift + 7 , it opens the Mac OS X Help > Search menu:

I also switched to the US keyboard layout. But pressing Alt + Shift + 7 (which is the key left of the right Shift key) produces the same effect.

I’ve also tried the forward slash key on the number block. No success.

Plus, I’ve tried Option + / as documented on the Keyboard shortcuts for Google documents page (the Option key is the Alt key according to Wikipedia). No success either.

Is Mac OS X highjacking the keyboard shortcut?

Versions

  • Google Chrome 31.0.1650.63
  • Mac OS X 10.9.1

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Update 28.02.2016

They seem to have updated the possible keyboard shortcuts. With the new keyboard shortcuts, it also works now on my keyboard with the German layout.

Original answer

I found a workaround.

  1. Select a piece of text in the document.
  2. Ctrl + Alt + H opens the Help menu.
  3. Arrow down puts the focus in the Search all menus menu.
  4. Type “cour”, hit Enter .

Not sure exactly what your use case is, but if your goal is to quickly apply a font repeatedly, the easiest way is to first select a block of text with the font you want, hit Command + Option + C to copy formatting, then each time you select the text you want to apply the font to, just hit Command + Option + V to paste formatting.

Note: Doesn’t work the first time, but it’ll work each subsequent time.

This answer is OFF-TOPIC.

For user interested to increase the font size:

● Option 1: Ctrl + Shift + , to decrease the font. Ctrl + Shift + ; to increase.

● option 2: (if that doesn’t work):

  1. select a text in google doc
  2. press Ctrl+Shift
  3. try each keyboard key to see which one will increase your font

● Option 3: (if you need high increase/decrease). Instead of pressing multiple time your shortcut you can use this ahk script (just change the mouse position according to your screen size).

● Option 4: use a Tampermonkey script like this (it sets custom shortcuts to change the font color and highlight). You can do whatever you want with tampermonkey such as creating shortcuts to change the font color, highlight it specific color etc. It can basically override anything in your browser using a javascript script (I did not yet manage to change the font size Cf. my attempts in the script ― help needed.)

Unlike Microsoft Word ribbon, Google Docs Editor interface has limited number of menus and icons. Users can easily pick up the function from menu and insert in the documents. However, there are some functions also have shortcuts to quickly insert without going through menu route. Inserting date is one such a function which you can use to various dates and format as per your need.

Inserting Date in Google Docs

If you are familiar with Google Slides, it is easy to insert current date using =TODAY() function. However, it works differently in Google Docs and you can use the following options for inserting the date and customizing its format. Learn more on how to add or subtract dates in Microsoft Excel.

1. Insert Date from Menu

The first option is to go to “Insert” menu and select “Date” option.

This will show you a calendar or date picker from which you can pick any date from the past, future or today’s date. You can also click on “Today” link showing below the calendar to insert current date in Google Docs.

2. Using @ to Insert Date in Google Docs

Instead of going through the menu, you can use @ symbol to insert dates in Google Docs. Simply type @date where you want to insert the date. It will show a list of options for choosing your date as shown below.

There are four options to insert date with @ symbol:

  • @date – this will open the calendar to pick up any date.
  • @today – show “Today’s date” to insert current date.
  • @tomorrow – show “Tomorrow’s date” for inserting tomorrow’s date.
  • @yesterday – show “Yesterday’s date” to insert the previous day’s date.

Instead of @date, you can also use @day to insert today’s or yesterday’s date.

3. Changing Inserted Date

Once you inserted a date, you can change it by clicking on the date. It will show the same date in the dropdown and clicking on it will show the calendar. You can choose different date from the calendar or click “Today” to insert today’s date.

4. Choose Date Format

As you can see in the above screenshot, Google Docs inserted date like Jun 26, 2022. If you want to change the date format, click on the date and then click on the gear icon showing at the bottom (against “Book meeting” option). This will show you the list of available date formats and choose the format you like to change the format of inserted date.

Unfortunately, this works for only the selected date and you need to change the format for each inserted date separately. Also, the format is independent in Google Docs app and not related to the setup in your computer.

5. Create Calendar Event from Inserted Date

It is also possible to create a new calendar event directly from the inserted date in Google Docs. Hover or click on the inserted date and then click “Block meeting” link showing on the pop-up. This will open a calendar with the selected date. You can fill the event details like name, location, description and save the event in your calendar.

You can create keyboard shortcuts in Windows 10 for any program. This tutorial provides 2 ways to create keyboard hotkeys in Windows 10. It also lists some best Windows 10 shortcut keys for you to refer. MiniTool, a top-ranked software producer, provides you professional drive partition manager, data recovery, backup software.

Windows keyboard shortcuts or hotkeys allows users to easily and quickly open applications or conduct operations. Windows 10 allows you to easily create keyboard shortcut keys for any program. This post provides 2 ways to help you create keyboard shortcuts Windows 10. Check the step-by-step guide below. Still, a list of best Windows 10 shortcut keys or hotkeys are also offered for your reference.

Way 1. How to Create Keyboard Shortcuts Windows 10 with Command Prompt

You can create a keyboard shortcut for a program in Windows by using Command Prompt. Check the steps below.

Step 1. You can press Windows + R keys on the keyboard to open Windows Run. Type cmd, and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter to run Command Prompt as administrator.

You can also type cmd or Command Prompt in the Search box. Right-click on Command Prompt desktop app and select “Run as administrator”.

Best 2 ways to boot to Command Prompt Windows 10. Check how to open Command Prompt at boot in Windows 10, how to repair Windows 10 using Command Prompt.

Step 2. Next you can type the following command explorer shell:AppsFolder in the command prompt, and hit Enter. It will pop up a window with a list of all your applications.

Step 3. You can right-click the target application which you want to create a keyboard shortcut for, and choose Create shortcut. Click Yes to create a shortcut on desktop.

Step 4. Then you can right-click the newly created shortcut icon and choose Properties. And set a keyboard shortcut key for the program in Shortcut key field. The shortcut key combination should be Ctrl + Alt + letter/number, e.g. Ctrl + Alt + N. Click OK to create keyboard shortcuts Windows 10 for the application.

Way 2. How to Create Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts from Start

You can also create a keyboard shortcut in Windows 10 for a desktop app from Start menu.

Step 1. Click Start to find the application from the app list, you can scroll through the alphabetical list to find it.

Step 2. Right-click the target application and click Open file location. You will see a pop-up window with a shortcut icon. If you don’t see the Open file location option, then you should use Way 1 to create the keyboard shortcut for it.

Step 3. Right-click the app shortcut icon and click Properties. Then input a keyboard shortcut key in Shortcut key box, and click OK. Still, the keyboard shortcut key should be like Ctrl + Alt + letter/number, e.g. Ctrl + Alt + D.

This post introduces 3 ways to create a Control Panel shortcut on Windows 10/11. You can easily open Control Panel with the desktop shortcut.

Best Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcut Keys List

Windows keyboard shortcuts, also known as Windows hotkeys, allows users to press a combination of keys to activate certain operating system commands or open some applications. Here is a list of some popular Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts/system hotkeys which worth remembering, and it will make our computer work more convenient and efficient.

Windows: Open Start menu.

Windows + R: Open the Run dialog box.

Windows + E: Open File Explorer.

Windows + I: Open Settings window.

Windows + L: Lock your Windows 10 computer to return to Sign-in screen.

Windows + D: Hide all open apps and take you to Windows 10 desktop. Pressing Windows + D the second time will display all open apps again.

Windows + U: Open Ease of Access Center.

Windows + X: Open Quick Access menu.

Windows + S: Open Cortana.

Ctrl + Shift + Esc: Open Task Manager to check all apps that are currently running and how much CPU they are using.

Ctrl + Shift + N: Create a new folder in File Explorer.

For the full complete list of Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts, please visit Microsoft official page: Windows Keyboard Shortcuts.

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Nifty PC tricks: How to create new folders, using shortcut keys

For some of us who work mostly with computers, it’s not fun to move and click the mouse at all times. Shortcut keys are a way to speed up your work routine and get better organized in your PC tasks.

The great news is if you’re keen on creating a new folder, all it takes is a few keyboard buttons. Here’s a quick guide on how to create new folders, using shortcut keys.

What are shortcut keys to create new folders in Windows 10?

Normally, we right-click in order to create a new folder. On Desktop, you can create a new folder by right-clicking on an empty area, choosing New, and choosing Folder. But Windows 10, as well as 8 and 7, lets you create folders with a keyboard shortcut. Simply press Ctrl + Shift + N and you can see the new folder automatically created on your Desktop and ready for file storage or renaming.

This shortcut works on File Explorer just as well. Simply open the File Explorer (or location where you want a new folder created), press Ctrl + Shift + N, and the new folder crops up in no time.

How about if you want to create a folder in the File Explorer and you want to create it on your desktop at the same time? It’s simple: press Windows key + D. You’ll find that all folders or programs will be minimized and Desktop is the only one open. Follow the earlier steps we showed you and that’s it.

While this shortcut works in Windows 8 and 7, it won’t do so on Windows XP. If you’re a Windows XP user and you seek to create a new folder on Desktop via keyboard shortcuts, hold the Alt + F keys, and then release them before quickly pressing the W key, followed by F.

A few notes about shortcut keys

Have azlook at a few more shortcut key notes:

  • Whenever a shortcut key is listed with a plus sign (+) in the string, such as Ctrl + S, this means that the Ctrl key is held while the letter S is pressed.
  • Whenever it’s listed with commas separating the string, such as Alt + F, W, F, note that while the Alt key is held, you press the letter F. Both keys are afterwards released while the W and F keys are pressed one after another.
  • Either upper or lower case letters in these shortcut key combinations can work. Uppercase letters are often used as examples for clarity.

If you don’t want to use keyboard shortcuts on your computer anymore, you can turn off hotkeys or disable all the keyboard shortcuts on your PC through the Windows Registry.

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That’s it – hope these shortcut keys work for your convenience!

The strikethrough function in Google Docs allows users to retain parts of the text they aren’t ready to delete right away. Writers can hold onto crossed-out sections that can be used later while improvising a text document. Using strikethrough in Google Docs is helpful during team collaborations and can be used in place of suggesting mode. It displays all the revisions carried out on a document before finalizing edits on it.

What is Strikethrough & Why Use It?

The strikethrough function lets writers strike out parts of their written document by drawing a line through select sections. Besides getting rid of a writing piece’s irrelevant parts, it can also add punch or draw readers’ attention. It’s an additional tool in the writer’s toolkit to make the text stand out.

Modern-day writers use it to show updated ideas, emphasize and pull readers towards their constantly evolving train of thought. It can also convey an honest opinion without being explicit or add humor to a blog or an online piece.

When strikethrough is visible in the final version of a document, its inclusion makes it more personal and connects directly with readers. It adds subtext and pulls readers towards the inner workings of a writer’s mind. Bloggers also use it to add sass or snark while commenting on a hot topic.

Here are some reasons why the strikethrough function is useful:

Crossing Out Items: It can help you visualize progress by crossing completed items off an electronic list.

Retains Text: Strikethrough lets you retain words or sentences that you may or may not want to delete in the future. You can revisit crossed-out portions during final editing and decide to keep them or not.

Thought Evolution: The function lets writers indicate an update or evolution in their thought process on a subject. It is also a subtle method to add humor, sub-context and draw readers to an online post.

Steps to Strikethrough in Google Docs

The ability to cross out unnecessary text elements isn’t directly visible in the Google Docs toolbar. However, you can accomplish the task in two ways:

  1. Using the function in the nested menus
  2. Using keyboard shortcuts

Both the options are fairly easy to perform but can appear difficult at first if you don’t know the prompts. Here’s how you can do both:

  1. To find the function nested in menus, select the text you want to strikethrough in your Google Document.
  2. Once you make the selection, click the Format option in the toolbar at the top of the page.

  • In the menu that appears, select or hover over the Text option.
  • This selection leads to another menu where you can select the Strikethrough tool.
  • Strikethrough Shortcuts

    If the above steps are hard for you to remember, you can use keyboard shortcuts to strikethrough in Google Docs instead:

    • For Windows, once you have selected the text you want to cross out, press Alt+Shift+5
    • For Mac, press Command+Shift+X

    You can use the same keyboard shortcuts to remove strikethrough as well. The clear formatting option can remove it but will also erase all the other formatting attached to the highlighted section.

    To clear all formatting on a document:

    • For Windows, press Ctrl + \
    • For Mac, press Command + \

    Things to Remember

    While performing strikethrough, there are two things to remember:

    1. The crossed-out text remains in the final word count. So, if you are looking to meet a certain word count, you’ll need to omit these sections.
    2. Strikethrough formatting carries over when converting the file into an alternate format. However, it will be missing in .txt file formats that use plain text.

    Now you should have all the knowledge you need to properly employ strikethrough in your Google Docs.

    Did we miss any quick tricks for using strikethrough in Google Docs? Let us know in the comments below!

    I n this tutorial, we are going to see how to create keyboard shortcuts in Windows 10. Use keyboard shortcuts to maximize your productivity. With keyboard shortcuts, you can launch apps quickly without having to go looking for where it is. Windows 10 lets you create custom shortcuts for any program, Here’s how.

    How to Create Keyboard Shortcuts in Windows 10

    Step 1: Open the command prompt. You can do this by typing CMD in the search box, then right-clicking on the command prompt and selecting Run as administrator.

    Step 2: Type the following command explorer shell: AppsFolder or explorer.exe shell. at the command prompt and press Enter. A window with a list of all your applications appears.

    Step 3: Right-click on any application and select Create Shortcut. It may be easier to find your application if you change the display setting to detailed list so that you can see all the icons in one column.

    Step 4: Click Yes when asked if you want to use the shortcut on the desktop. A new shortcut icon appears on your desktop.

    Step 5: Right-click on the new shortcut icon and select Properties.

    Step 6: Enter a key combination in the Shortcut Key field. The combination must be CTRL + ALT + a letter/number.

    Step 7: Click on Apply and then on OK.

    Create a Hanging Indent for One or More Paragraphs in Google Docs

    by Avantix Learning Team | Updated March 26, 2022

    Applies to: Google Docs ® (Windows or Mac)

    You can create a hanging indent in Google Docs using the Ruler, the Indentation Options dialog box or a keyboard shortcut. A hanging indent is created when the first line of a paragraph is at a location to the left of the subsequent lines in the paragraph. The first line can be indented to the left or right of the following lines. Either way, the first line of a paragraph is indented or outdented. A hanging indent is typically used for bullets and numbering and to cite a reference.

    A paragraph in Google Docs is anything with a hard return after it (you have pressed Enter or Return). If you want to create a hanging indent in a multi-line paragraph, there should not be hard returns at the end of each line of text.

    When you apply bullets or numbering, Google Docs changes the indents of the first and subsequent lines in a paragraph or paragraphs automatically.

    First, you will need to log in to your Google Drive account at drive.google.com and then open the Google Docs document in which you want to create a hanging indent.

    1. Creating a hanging indent using the Ruler

    A common way to create a hanging indent is to use the Ruler. If the Ruler is not displayed at the top of the Google Docs document, click View in the menu and select Show ruler:

    To create a hanging indent using the Ruler:

    1. In the Google Docs document, select the paragraph(s) you want to indent. If you are indenting only one paragraph, simply click in it.
    2. On the Ruler, drag the left indent marker (blue triangle pointing down) to the location where you want all lines except the first line to indent. The first line indent marker (blue rectangle) should move with it. They are typically stacked together and start at the left margin on the Ruler.
    3. Click and drag the first line indent marker (the rectangle) back to the left (usually to the margin). This should affect only the first line of hte paragraph.

    In the following example, the two markers are at different locations on the Ruler:

    2. Creating a hanging indent using the Indentation Options dialog box

    To create a hanging indent using the Indentation Options dialog box:

    1. In the Google Docs document, select the paragraph(s) you want to indent. If you are changing only one paragraph, simply click in it.
    2. Click Format in the menu.
    3. Select Align & Indent and then click Indentation Options. A dialog box appears.
    4. Under Special Indent, click the drop-down menu and then select Hanging.
    5. In the box beside Hanging, enter the indent amount in inches (or the measurement system you are using based on your Google account default language).
    6. Click Apply.

    In the following example, indents have been entered for the Left and Hanging Indent in the Indentation options diaog box in inches:

    3. Creating a hanging indent using a keyboard shortcut

    You can also create a hanging indent in Google Docs using a keyboard shortcut. Position the cursor where you want to create the hanging indent (at the end of the first line) and then press Shift + Enter or Shift + Return and then press Tab. This creates a line break or a soft return. It’s better, however, to use the two methods above to create hanging indents.

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    Is there a way to do this without using the menu?

    I have seen references to ctrl + space and ctrl + + , but this no longer works (zooms in and out in Google Chrome)

    15 Answers 15

    While it’s not directly possible in the current version with its own keystroke, there is another very simple way to accomplish this.

    First, be located in the row on which you want to insert a row above or below.

    Then do the following (keys are on Mac, so translate as necessary for your OS):

    1. Ctrl + Option + I – invokes the Insert menu
    2. Then hit the R key for Row Above, or the B key for Row Below

    I guess this way may actually be one less keystroke than how it was done before, so that’s a win right there!

    Alternatively, you can also just use your cursor keys (to me this is easier, even if it’s more keystrokes):

    • (down arrow once) for Row Above
    • ↓ ↓ (down arrow twice) for Row Below
    • Hit ⏎ (Enter).

    Hope this helps!

    Chrome (Windows, Linux):

    IE & Firefox (Windows, Linux):

    ALT + SHIFT + I , then R

    Mac:

    CTRL + OPTION + I , then R

    This will add a row above.

    Instead of R you can use.

    • W to add row below
    • C to add column to the left
    • G to add column to the right

    Discovered an easy shortcut for Mac. First, select the whole row. CMD-OPTION+ to insert a row above. CMD-OPTION- to delete the selected row.

    For Windows laptop users, the shortcut is to highlight the whole row by pressing Shift + Space (or highlight the whole column by Ctrl + Tab ) and press the context-menu key (which is usually located next to the Ctrl key) on your keyboard and then press “Insert 1 Below” / “Insert 1 Above” (or “Insert 1 Left” / “Insert 1 Right” for inserting a column).

    Another option would be to use Alt + / to open the “Search the menus” search box and type “bel” or “ab” (to highlight the proper option) and hit Enter .

    The “Search the menus” method has the advantage of being universal – it’s easy to use it for many other things without memorizing the specific shortcuts. Plus it works also on Google Docs for text documents.

    Disclaimer: Tested in Chrome on Windows only.

    I think different to all or most suggestions so far. Google Sheets Keyboard Shortcuts (accessible from Help > Keyboard shortcuts, or with Ctrl + / ), shows me (Windows):

    As a Firefox user for me the shorter versions (without Alt ) are greyed out since reserved for zooming the screen.

    I can confirm that selecting a row and then Ctrl + Alt + Shift + = does insert a blank row at the selected location and shift what was in that row, and all further below, down.

    For Macintosh users the Keyboard short cut (at the same link) shows as:

    And for Chrome

    Depending on OS, Alt + Shift + i (Windows), Ctrl + Option + i (Mac) or Alt + i (Chrome) will open the Insert Menu of more than a dozen options, of which the first is Row above , which may be selected and actioned with just R .

    Another solution is to use the Automator utility. I thought it would be easy to just have a keyboard shortcut to fire the Google Sheets menu item “insert new rows”. Here’s how you do it:

    Setting up the Automator service

    1. Open Automater (/Applications/Automator)
    2. Make a new document
    3. Choose “Service”
    4. Drag in a “Run Applescript”
    5. Paste in the following code:
    1. Save the service as “insert google sheets rows”

    Setting up the keyboard shortcut

    1. Open System Preferences -> Keyboard -> Shortcuts -> Services
    2. Scroll to the bottom under “General”
      • On your service name: “insert google sheets rows”
      • Click “Add shortcut”
      • I used control+option+command+n

    Now, when you hit your shortcut, your insert rows script will run.

    Customization

    • You can choose the number of rows it inserts by changing the 5 in repeat 5 times to another number.
    • You change the script to insert rows below instead of above by changing keystroke “R” to keystroke “B” .

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    You probably know that using keyboard shortcuts is a great way to save time and increase efficiency. You may not know every amazing thing you can do with a shortcut, though.

    For example: How do you open a Windows application? Do you roll the mouse pointer over to an icon? Or do you lift your finger up and then tap on a tile? If yes, you are wasting plenty of time and exerting undue strain on your shoulder.

    Good news: there’s a shortcut for that! With a keyboard, you can quickly manage any task you usually do with your touchpad or mouse. All you have to do is simultaneously press one or two keys. Amazing right? Let’s get into it so you can start saving precious time ASAP.

    Clever keyboard shortcuts you’ll wish you knew sooner

    Memorizing all of these shortcuts will likely take some time. That’s why you should print them out and leave them next to your keyboard. This lets you quickly reference these shortcuts whenever you need to use them. So, let’s focus on the ones that you need to use more regularly.

    Windows 10 offers you hundreds of commands. However, you will likely use only a few of those commands regularly. To save time and effort, use these simple Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts. With only a little effort, you can easily open files, edit your content, find content and more!

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    Basic shortcuts

    • Ctrl + A: Selects all the items in a window
    • Ctrl + Shift + Insert: Pastes highlighted or selected items
    • Ctrl + Insert or Ctrl + C: Copies highlighted or selected item
    • Ctrl + X: Cuts highlighted or selected item
    • Ctrl + Z: Undo a previous action
    • Ctrl + Y: Redo action

    New Windows 10 shortcuts

    Keyboard shortcut Function
    Win + C Opens Cortana for any voice input
    Win + S Opens Search
    Win + I Opens Settings
    Win + A Opens Action Center
    Win + X Opens Quick Link menu
    Win + Left arrow Snaps active window to the left
    Win + Right arrow Snaps active window to the right
    Win + Up arrow Maximizes the current window
    Win + Down arrow Minimizes or removes the current window
    Win + Ctrl + D Creates a new virtual desktop
    Win + TAB Accesses all desktops and applications in Task View
    Win + PrtSc Takes a screenshot and saves it to the Screenshots folder
    Win + G Opens Game bar

    Keyboard Shortcuts in Windows 10 to switch between apps

    Do you work with many applications at the same time? In that case, you can easily and quickly switch between these apps, all without moving away from the keyboard.

    • Alt + Tab – Note that by repeatedly pressing your Tab key while holding Alt pressed, you will be able to cycle through open apps and windows. You can release the Tab key on the app or window that you would like to open.
    • Windows + Tab – This shortcut opens Task view, and this is where you can easily switch between various open windows.
    • Ctrl + Tab + Alt – This shortcut will display the list of all open windows and applications. It also keeps the list on your screen even after you have released the keys. After that, you can navigate through open apps and windows using the mouse or arrow keys.

    Command Prompt shortcuts

    Keyboard Shortcut Function
    Shift + Left arrow Highlights text to the left of the cursor
    Shift + Right arrow Highlights text to the right of the cursor
    Ctrl + C Copies selected text to the clipboard
    Ctrl + V Pastes text from the clipboard
    Ctrl + A Selects all text

    Keyboard Shortcuts to manage app windows

    Apart from switching between apps, you can manage multiple application windows on the screen more quickly by doing it exclusively from your keyboard:

    • Windows + Up Arrow: This shortcut maximizes your active window both horizontally and vertically.
    • Windows + Down Arrow: Use this shortcut to restore your active window to the initial state or minimize it.
    • Windows + Shift + Up Arrow: This shortcut maximizes your active window vertically but maintains its width.
    • Windows + Shift + Down Arrow: This shortcut restores or minimizes the active window vertically and maintains its width.

    Snip and Sketch shortcuts

    • CTRL + N: Creates new snip
    • CTRL + O: Opens a file
    • SHIFT + Arrow keys: Moves cursor to select the rectangular snip area
    • CTRL + E: Selects Eraser
    • CTRL + P: Print annotation
    • CTRL + Z: Undo annotation

    Taking screenshots

    • PrtScn: Screenshot your whole desktop
    • Alt + PrtScn: Screenshot the selected window

    File Explorer shortcuts

    • ALT + D: Selects the address bar
    • CTRL + F or CTRL + E: Selects the Search box
    • CTRL + N: Opens a new window
    • CTRL + W: Closes the active window

    These keyboard shortcuts will help you complete tasks efficiently and quickly. And you will not have to click laboriously through the various menus. If you’ve been looking for a way to increase productivity, this is a great start.