I am pretty much all Google, all the time. I use Google Email, Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides, and most other products (except Sites, I still never liked Sites). There have been a few instances where I’ve learned shortcuts, to save time, improve my efficiency, and recover lost work. Instead of spending two to three hours a day messing with my email, I’m down to less than one! Have you tried these?
- Control X, C, V. – these are my most often used shortcuts. Highlight your text, press the Control button on your computer or Chromebook, and the X (cut), C (copy), and V (paste). I always feel so pained when I see someone trying to right click their mouse to feebly cut and paste.
- Control A – If you want to highlight a whole document or webpage, press Control and then A. I just used this yesterday, when I had a choppy Google Doc with extra spaces in it. I couldn’t easily remove those extra spaces in the Google Doc, so I copied the whole thing, stuck it in Word (I know…) and then easily found and removed all the two-spaces after periods.
- Control Z and Control Y – these two are lifesavers in Gmail! Ever typed a long reply, only to accidentally highlight part and delete it? You can get it back! Use Control Z to undo the last action. Decided you want to Redo something? Control Y is the redo shortcut.
- If you enable Keyboard Shortcuts in the settings section of your Gmail, there are about 60 shortcut keys you can use. They are super helpful if you are not using a mouse (like on a Chromebook or laptop). The easiest one I like it, from the home Gmail screen, hitting c – boom, a new compose email window pops up! Here’s a list.
- Finally, if you are kind of old school and like to have a desktop or toolbar icon for Gmail, you can create this shortcut using these directions. Nothing like having a Gmail icon to take you right there!
Are there other Google shortcuts you love? Hit me up in the comments below!