Every Google docs shortcut that you must know to improve efficiency

Last Updated On : 2018 Aug. 19

Google Docs Keyboard Shortcuts


We are here to know about what is Google Docs shortcuts that we can use while operating google docs for our convenience. Google Docs is a web-based application on which documents and spreadsheets can be created, edited, stored online and accessed anywhere online. Google Docs can be used from anywhere having an internet connection and a full-featured browser. It is a part of a versatile package of online applications offered by Google.


Users can create, import, edit, update documents and spreadsheets in a different variety of fonts and file formats, including text with formulas, lists, tables, and images. Google docs are compatible with most of the presentation software and word processor applications. Users can control the access to their documents and share with anyone they want to. It is really helpful for publishing within an enterprise, maintaining blogs and so on. As to make it really convenient to work we should know the shortcuts so that it is really helpful while working on it.

The shortcuts are categorized into below categories:

Computer Shortcuts

Windows Shortcuts

Common Actions shortcuts

Let's start to know about the Common actions that we use in day to day life. The shortcuts for the same are given below.

Google Docs Desktop - Common actions


Text Formatting shortcuts

Following the common actions shortcuts, we have text formatting shortcuts which can be used to save our time and keep it really handy so that we can change the way we want the words to be i.e. changing the way it looks. Subscript on google docs, Superscript on google docs, can also be easily done seeing the shortcuts.


Google Docs Desktop shortcuts - text formatting

Paragraph Formatting shortcuts

We write many paragraphs in an article so formatting each one of it becomes difficult so to make it easy we have shortcuts that can be used. So following up with the Text Formatting shortcuts now we have Paragraph Formatting shortcuts for you.

Google Docs Desktop shortcuts - paragraph formatting

Images and Drawings Shortcuts

We tend to use images and format them. Below are the shortcuts for formatting the pictures as we wish to we have it for you.

Google Docs Desktop shortcuts - images and drawing

Comments and footnotes shortcuts

We use comments or footnotes so we have shortcuts for insertion of comment, open discussion thread and so on.

Google Docs Desktop - Comments and Footnotes

Menus shortcuts

We use menu option so many times. Just to keep it easy for you we have listed shortcuts to be used on Google Chrome Browser and other browsers as well.

Google Docs Desktop shortcuts - menus


Text selection with keyboard shortcuts

We select some text for formatting them once in a while. For example, if you have to make something bold or italics or any other format change, we need to select text here are a few shortcuts for text selection.

Google Docs Desktop shortcuts - text selection with keyboard


Screen reader support

The screen reader support is a mode in Google docs for the visually impaired audience to use a computer. Below are a few shortcuts which help the user to use Screen reader mode.


Google Docs Desktop shortcuts - screen reader support


Navigation Shortcuts

To navigate easily through Google docs, below are a few shortcut options which can help you utilize google docs better.


Google Docs Desktop shortcuts - navigation shortcuts


Document Navigation shortcuts

We generally proofread an article many times before publishing it finally so for navigating through the documents we have shortcuts for you which can be really helpful.

Google Docs Desktop shortcuts - document navigation


Table Navigation shortcuts

We use tables in our articles to navigate through we have shortcuts which are listed below.

Google Docs Desktop shortcuts - table navigation


Other tools and navigation shortcuts

For other tools and navigation options in Google Docs, below are a few direct shortcuts:

Google Docs Desktop shortcuts - other tools and navigation


Mac Shortcuts

Common actions shortcuts

As we have already seen the shortcuts for windows, but if you're a MAC user, we've still got your back. The common actions shortcuts for the same are below:



Text formatting shortcuts

For formatting, the texts that we have written in an article or blog, Below mentioned Text formatting shortcuts are for you to go through.  For example, Subscript on google docs, Superscript on google docs, can also be easily done using these shortcuts.


Paragraph formatting shortcuts

Once the article is written, one of the most difficult tasks is to make all the para formatting correct and in-sync. Below are a few shortcuts that can be used for quick para format editing instead of spending an enormous amount of time editing them individually.


Images and drawing shortcuts

Just think about it that how cool it would be if we can resize, rotate the image without even touching the mouse just by knowing the keyboard shortcuts that are given below.


Comments and footnotes shortcuts

While reviewing our work we have to keep things in our mind and most of the time we tend to forget it so we add comments to it or footnotes so that it gets easier while we make a final edit to our work. The shortcuts for the same are as below:

Menus Shortcuts

To navigate through the menus and finding the exact thing what we want to do takes time. We can use the keyboard shortcuts which would be really helpful for us.

Text selection with keyboard shortcuts

Selecting a text without using the mouse would be easy if we know these shortcuts:


Screen reader support shortcuts

The screen reader support is a mode in Google docs for the visually impaired audience to use a computer. Below are a few shortcuts which help the user to use Screen reader mode.



Navigation shortcuts

To navigate through the document below are a few shortcuts that can be used for quick and efficient navigation.


Document Navigation shortcuts

To navigate through the documents we can use the keyboard shortcuts which are listed below.

Table Navigation Shortcuts

To navigate through the table to find or edit data we can easily use the shortcuts available for us.


Other tools and navigation shortcuts

Other tools and navigation shortcuts for MAC can be known from the list below which would be really convenient and time-saving as we don't have to go search for the options anywhere.


iPhone & iPad Shortcuts

Common Actions shortcuts

We also have the shortcuts that can be used for docs in an iPad or iPhone. We have common actions shortcuts which would be really easy for you to use.


Text Formatting shortcuts

Text formatting shortcuts which can be used while handling the document are listed below.


Paragraph Formatting Shortcuts

To format the paragraph while we know the shortcuts listed below can be really useful.


Text selection with keyboard shortcuts

To select text through the keyboard would make our work damn easy if we have to make some changes. To know the shortcuts you can check on the list which is below.


Document Navigation Shortcuts

To navigate through the document, sometimes its difficult to hop between the beginning and the end of the article or jumping from para to para is equally challenging. We can use the below shortcuts which are listed below.


Table Navigation shortcuts

Table navigation is difficult when you are doing things like account management, etc. With calculations and jumping between multiple table, here are a few shortcuts which would help you make the transition smooth.


So these were a few keyboard shortcuts for Google Docs which can be used on a day to day basis. It will make life simpler and save an enormous amount of time while using Google Docs. Hope you found this article helpful. You can quickly jump to Google sheets Shortcuts here and learn more about Google shortcuts.