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The Essential Google Drive Keyboard Shortcuts You Need to Know

Joel Lee 24-03-2018

Google Drive is our favorite cloud storage solution, not only because it offers a massive 15GB limit for free users, but because it seamlessly integrates with Google Docs (which happens to be our favorite Microsoft Office alternative). It’s the best all-in-one solution for office productivity, and it gets even better when you start using the following essential Google Drive keyboard shortcuts:


Keyboard ShortcutDescription
Create Actions
Shift + FCreate a new folder
Shift + PCreate a new Presentation
Shift + SCreate a new Spreadsheet
Shift + TCreate a new Document
Navigation Actions
AOpen the More Actions menu for the currently selected item
COpen the New Item menu
DToggle the Details Pane
FOpen the Folder actions menu
IToggle the Activity Pane
ROpen the Sort menu
TOpen the Settings menu
VSwitch between grid and list views
/Jump to Google Drive search bar
General Actions
NRename selected item
SStar or unstar selected item
ZMove selected item to another folder
EnterOpen selected item
PeriodShare selected item
Shift + 3Delete selected item
Shift + ASelect all visible items
Shift + NClear all selections
Shift + /Open list of all shortcuts
Ctrl + FFind
Ctrl + PPrint
Ctrl + ZUndo last action
Ctrl + Shift + ZRedo last undone action
Selection Actions
Down ArrowSelect next item below
Left ArrowSelect next item to the left
Right ArrowSelect next item to the right
Up ArrowSelect next item above
Shift + Down ArrowInclude next item below in current selection
Shift + Left ArrowInclude next item to the left in current selection
Shift + Right ArrowInclude next item to the right in current selection
Shift + Up ArrowInclude next item above in current selection

If you want to take your office efficiency even further, check out our article on organizing your Google Drive like a pro How to Organize Your Google Drive Like a Pro Google Drive's biggest benefits are its advanced search features. They can help you sort and organize your files and you'll always find what you need! Read More , which has several Google Drive tips like color coding, advanced search, revision histories, and more.

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  1. K Knox
    January 27, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    I love this and would like to share it with the teachers at my school who are just getting started with Google Drive this year. I was just wondering when this was made, and if there are any changes with the new look for Google Drive? Also, because I will be sharing this with teachers, I just wanted to let you know that there is a typo in the title for the Applications section.

    Thanks for putting this resource together!