Google Docs Keyboard Shortcuts Cheatsheet

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Google Docs is an amazing way to create documents online, and it works pretty much the same way as Microsoft Word. If you use this online tool to prepare your documents, you might want to learn some of its keyboard shortcuts.

You can use these shortcuts to quickly open various menus, format your text, manage your media files in your documents, select text in a certain way, and do more.

What’s more, these shortcuts work across all major platforms so you can use them regardless of what machine you use.

Here are some of the Google Docs keyboard shortcuts you should learn.

WindowsmacOSChrome OSFunction
Basic Actions
Ctrl + CCommand + CCtrl + CCopy an item
Ctrl + XCommand + XCtrl + XCut an item
Ctrl + VCommand + VCtrl + VPaste
Ctrl + Shift + VCommand + Shift + VCtrl + Shift + VPaste without formatting
Ctrl + ZCommand + ZCtrl + ZUndo change
Ctrl + Shift + ZCommand + Shift + ZCtrl + Shift + ZRedo change
Ctrl + KCommand + KCtrl + KAdd or modify link
Alt + EnterOption + EnterAlt + EnterLaunch link
Ctrl + SCommand + SCtrl + SSave changes
Ctrl + PCommand + PCtrl + PPrint document
Ctrl + OCommand + OCtrl + OOpen document
Ctrl + FCommand + FCtrl + FFind in document
Ctrl + HCommand + Shift + HCtrl + HFind and replace
Ctrl + GCommand + GCtrl + GFind again
Ctrl + Shift + GCommand + Shift + GCtrl + Shift + GFind previous
Ctrl + Shift + FCtrl + Shift + FCtrl + Shift + FEnter compact mode
Ctrl + EnterCommand + EnterCtrl + EnterAdd page break
Alt + /, Alt + Shift + Z, Alt + Z (Chrome)Option + /, Ctrl + Option + ZAlt + Z, Alt + /Find in menus
Ctrl + YCommand + YN/APerform last action
Format Text
Ctrl + BCommand + BCtrl + BBold text
Ctrl + ICommand + ICtrl + IItalicize text
Ctrl + UCommand + UCtrl + UUnderline text
Alt + Shift + 5Command + Shift + XAlt + Shift + 5Strikethrough text
Ctrl + . (dot)Command + . (dot)Ctrl + . (dot)Superscript
Ctrl + , (comma)Command + , (comma)Ctrl + , (comma)Subscript
Ctrl + Alt + CCommand + Option + CCtrl + Alt + CCopy text formatting
Ctrl + Alt + VCommand + Option + VCtrl + Alt + VPaste text formatting
Ctrl + \, Ctrl + SpaceCommand + \Ctrl + \Remove text formatting
Ctrl + Shift + >Command + Shift + >Ctrl + Shift + >Increase font size
Ctrl + Shift + <Command + Shift + <Ctrl + Shift + <Decrease font size
Format Paragraphs
Ctrl + ]Command + ]Ctrl + ]Increase paragraph indentation
Ctrl + [Command + [Ctrl + [Decrease paragraph indentation
Ctrl + Alt + 0Command + Option + 0Ctrl + Alt + 0Use normal text style
Ctrl + Alt + 1 to 6Command + Option + 1 to 6Ctrl + Alt + 1 to 6Use heading style (1 to 6)
Ctrl + Shift + LCommand + Shift + LCtrl + Shift + LLeft align paragraph
Ctrl + Shift + ECommand + Shift + ECtrl + Shift + ECenter align paragraph
Ctrl + Shift + RCommand + Shift + RCtrl + Shift + RRight align paragraph
Ctrl + Shift + JCommand + Shift + JCtrl + Shift + JJustify paragraph
Ctrl + Shift + 7Command + Shift + 7Ctrl + Shift + 7Use numbered list
Ctrl + Shift + 8Command + Shift + 8Ctrl + Shift + 8Use bulleted list
Ctrl + Shift + Up ArrowCtrl + Shift + Up ArrowN/AMove paragraph up
Ctrl + Shift + Down ArrowCtrl + Shift + Down ArrowN/AMove paragraph down
Media
Ctrl + Alt + YCommand + Option + YCtrl + Alt + YAdd alt text
Ctrl + Alt + KCommand + Ctrl + KCtrl + Alt + KMake media larger
Ctrl + Alt + BCommand + Ctrl + BCtrl + Alt + BMake media larger horizontally
Ctrl + Alt + ICommand + Ctrl + ICtrl + Alt + IMake media larger vertically
Ctrl + Alt + JCommand + Ctrl + JCtrl + Alt + JMake media smaller
Ctrl + Alt + WCommand + Ctrl + WCtrl + Alt + WMake media smaller horizontally
Ctrl + Alt + QCommand + Ctrl + QCtrl + Alt + QMake media smaller vertically
Alt + Right ArrowOption + Right ArrowAlt + Right ArrowRotate 15-degree clockwise
Alt + Left ArrowOption + Left ArrowAlt + Left ArrowRotate 15-degree counterclockwise
Alt + Shift + Right ArrowOption + Shift + Right ArrowAlt + Shift + Right ArrowRotate 1-degree clockwise
Alt + Shift + Left ArrowOption + Shift + Left ArrowAlt + Shift + Left ArrowRotate 1-degree counterclockwise
Shift + EscCommand + Esc, Shift + EscCtrl + Esc, Shift + EscExit drawing editor
Comments and Footnotes
Ctrl + Alt + MCommand + Option + MCtrl + Alt + MAdd comment
Ctrl + Alt + Shift + ACommand + Option + Shift + ACtrl + Alt + Shift + AAccess discussion thread
Ctrl + EnterCtrl + EnterCtrl + EnterEnter current comment
Ctrl + Alt + FCommand + Option + FCtrl + Alt + FAdd footnote
Hold Ctrl + Alt and press e then fHold Ctrl + Command and press e then fHold Ctrl + Alt and press e then fGo to current footnote
Hold Ctrl + Alt and press n then fHold Ctrl + Command and press n then fHold Ctrl + Alt and press n then fGo to next footnote
Hold Ctrl + Alt and press p then fHold Ctrl + Command and press p then fHold Ctrl + Alt and press p then fGo to previous footnote
Menu Navigation
Ctrl + Shift + X, Ctrl + Shift + \Command + Shift + \Ctrl + Shift + XAccess context menu
Alt + F (for Chrome), Alt + Shift + FCtrl + Option + FAlt + FOpen File menu
Alt + E (for Chrome), Alt + Shift + ECtrl + Option + EAlt + EOpen Edit menu
Alt + V (for Chrome), Alt + Shift + VCtrl + Option + VAlt + VOpen View menu
Alt + I (for Chrome), Alt + Shift + ICtrl + Option + IAlt + IOpen Insert menu
Alt + O (for Chrome), Alt + Shift + OCtrl + Option + OAlt + OOpen Format menu
Alt + T (for Chrome), Alt + Shift + TCtrl + Option + TAlt + TOpen Tools menu
Alt + H (for Chrome), Alt + Shift + HCtrl + Option + HAlt + HOpen Help menu
Alt + A (for Chrome), Alt + Shift + ACtrl + Option + AAlt + AOpen Accessibility menu
Ctrl + Alt + Shift + KCommand + Option + Shift + KCtrl + Alt + Shift + KOpen Input Tools menu
Shift + Right-ClickShift + Right-ClickN/AOpen browser’s context menu
Select Text with Keyboard
Ctrl + ACommand + ACtrl + ASelect all
Shift + Left ArrowShift + Left ArrowShift + Left ArrowSelect one character on the left
Shift + Right ArrowShift + Right ArrowShift + Right ArrowSelect one character on the right
Shift + Down ArrowShift + Down ArrowShift + Down ArrowSelect next line
Shift + Up ArrowShift + Up ArrowShift + Up ArrowSelect previous line
Ctrl + Shift + Left ArrowN/ACtrl + Shift + Left ArrowSelect one word on the left
Ctrl + Shift + Right ArrowN/ACtrl + Shift + Right ArrowSelect one word on the right
Shift + HomeShift + Fn + Left ArrowN/ASelect from the beginning of the line
Shift + EndShift + Fn + Right ArrowN/ASelect until the end of the line
Ctrl + Shift + HomeCommand + Shift + Up ArrowN/ASelect from the beginning of the document
Ctrl + Shift + EndCommand + Shift + Down ArrowN/ASelect until the end of the document
Hold Ctrl + Alt + Shift and press e then iHold Ctrl + Command + Shift and press e then iHold Ctrl + Alt + Shift and press e then iSelect current list item
Hold Ctrl + Alt + Shift and press e then oHold Ctrl + Command + Shift and press e then oHold Ctrl + Alt + Shift and press e then oSelect all list items at current level
Select Text with Mouse
Double-ClickDouble-ClickDouble-ClickSelect word
Double-Click + DragDouble-Click + DragDouble-Click + DragExtend selection one word at a time
Triple-ClickTriple-ClickTriple-ClickSelect paragraph
Triple-Click + DragTriple-Click + DragTriple-Click + DragExtend selection one paragraph at a time

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