Displaying Keyboard Shortcuts

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated October 3, 2013)

Most people use the mouse to select and execute commands in the various Google Drive applications. If you do, then you could be slowing down how you use the program. You see, the Drive apps contain a large number of keyboard shortcuts that perform all sorts of tasks without removing your fingers from the keyboard.

The easiest way to display a quick, helpful list of shortcuts is to press Ctrl+/. (If you are using a Mac you can press Cmd+/.) What you see depends on which Drive app you are using. (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. Keyboard shortcuts for Google Docs.

Not only does what you see depend on the app you are using, it can also vary depending on whether you are using that app on a PC or a Mac. (In other words, the keyboard shortcut list is completely contextual.)

Note in the upper-right corner you can also see two links. Both links should be self-explanatory, but there is something important to note about the "Open in a New Window" link. If you click this link, a new browser tab is opened and a webpage with the shortcuts is displayed. The list of shortcuts displayed in the new tab is a superset of what was displayed in the previous screen. If you want to print out a "cheat sheet" of keyboard shortcuts, you'll want to do it from this expanded page since it is more comprehensive.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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