Basic Windows keyboard shortcuts


Basic Windows keyboard shortcuts



To open a list of keyboard shortcuts in Google Docs, press Ctrl + / (Windows, Chrome OS) or ⌘ + / (Mac).

To search the menus, press Alt + / (Windows, Chrome OS) or Option + / (Mac).

You can also use menu access keys. Open any application menu using the keyboard, then type the underlined letter for the item you’d like to select. For example, to open the Insert menu on a Mac, press Ctrl + Option + i. To select “Image,” type the underlined letter i.

Common actions
Copy Ctrl + c
Cut Ctrl + x
Paste Ctrl v
Paste without formatting Ctrl Shift + v
Undo Ctrl + z
Redo Ctrl Shift + z
Insert or edit link Ctrl k
Open link Alt + Enter
Show common keyboard shortcuts Ctrl + /
Every change is automatically saved in Drive
Ctrl s
Print Ctrl p
Open Ctrl + o
Find Ctrl f
Find and replace Ctrl h
Find again Ctrl g
Find previous Ctrl + Shift + g
Hide the menus (compact mode) Ctrl + Shift + f
Insert page break Ctrl + Enter
Search the menus Alt + /
Alt + Shift + z

Google Chrome: Alt + z
Repeat last action Ctrl + y
Switch to editing Ctrl + Alt + Shift + z
Switch to suggesting Ctrl + Alt + Shift + x
Switch to viewing Ctrl + Alt + Shift + c
Text formatting
Bold Ctrl + b
Italicize Ctrl + i
Underline Ctrl + u
Strikethrough Alt + Shift + 5
Superscript Ctrl + .
Subscript Ctrl + ,
Copy text formatting Ctrl + Alt + c
Paste text formatting Ctrl + Alt + v
Clear text formatting Ctrl + \
Ctrl + Space
Increase font size Ctrl + Shift + .
Decrease font size Ctrl + Shift + ,
Paragraph formatting
Increase paragraph indentation Ctrl + ]
Decrease paragraph indentation Ctrl + [
Apply normal text style Ctrl + Alt + 0
Apply heading style [1-6] Ctrl + Alt + [1-6]
Left align Ctrl + Shift + l
Center align Ctrl + Shift + e
Right align Ctrl + Shift + r
Justify Ctrl + Shift + j
Numbered list Ctrl + Shift + 7
Bulleted list Ctrl + Shift + 8
Move paragraph up/down Ctrl + Shift + Up/down arrow
Images and drawings
Alt text Ctrl + Alt + y
Resize larger Ctrl + Alt + k
Resize larger horizontally Ctrl + Alt + b
Resize larger vertically Ctrl + Alt + i
Resize smaller Ctrl + Alt + j
Resize smaller horizontally Ctrl + Alt + w
Resize smaller vertically Ctrl + Alt + q
Rotate clockwise by 15° Alt + Right arrow
Rotate counterclockwise by 15° Alt + Left arrow
Rotate counterclockwise by 1° Alt + Shift + Left arrow
Rotate clockwise by 1° Alt + Shift + Right arrow
Close drawing editor Shift + Esc
Comments and footnotes
Insert comment Ctrl + Alt + m
Open discussion thread Ctrl + Alt + Shift + a
Enter current comment holding Ctrl + Alt, press e then c
Insert footnote Ctrl + Alt + f
Move to current footnote holding Ctrl + Alt, press e then f
Move to next footnote holding Ctrl + Alt, press n then f
Move to previous footnote holding Ctrl + Alt, press p then f
Move to next suggestion holding Ctrl + Alt, press n then u
Move to previous suggestion holding Ctrl + Alt, press p then u
Review suggested edits holding Ctrl + Alt, press o then u
Move to next comment holding Ctrl + Alt, press n then c
Move to previous comment holding Ctrl + Alt, press p then c
Open comment history Ctrl + Alt + Shift + a
Use keyboard shortcuts on selected comments
Reply to current comment R
Move to next comment J
Move to previous comment K
Resolve current comment E
Exit current comment U
Context (right-click) menu Ctrl + Shift + x
Ctrl + Shift + \
Shift + F10
File menu in Google Chrome: Alt + f
other browsers: Alt + Shift + f
Edit menu in Google Chrome: Alt + e
other browsers: Alt + Shift + e
View menu in Google Chrome: Alt + v
other browsers: Alt + Shift + v
Insert menu in Google Chrome: Alt + i
other browsers: Alt + Shift + i
Format menu in Google Chrome: Alt + o
other browsers: Alt + Shift + o
Tools menu in Google Chrome: Alt + t
other browsers: Alt + Shift + t
Help menu in Google Chrome: Alt + h
other browsers: Alt + Shift + h
Accessibility menu
(present when screen reader support is enabled)
in Google Chrome: Alt + a
other browsers: Alt + Shift + a
Input Tools menu
(available in documents in non-Latin languages)
Ctrl + Alt + Shift + k
Show your browser’s context menu Shift + right-click
Text selection with keyboard
Select all Ctrl + a
Extend selection one character Shift + Left/right arrow
Extend selection one line Shift + Up/down arrow
Extend selection one word Ctrl + Shift + Left/right arrow
Extend selection to the beginning of the line Shift + Home
Extend selection to the end of the line Shift + End
Extend selection to the beginning of the document Ctrl + Shift + Home
Extend selection to the end of the document Ctrl + Shift + End
Select current list item holding Ctrl + Alt + Shift, press e then i
Select all list items at current level holding Ctrl + Alt + Shift, press e then o
Text selection with mouse
Select word Double-click
Extend selection one word at a time Double-click + drag
Select paragraph Triple-click
Extend selection one paragraph at a time Triple-click + drag

Screen reader shortcuts

The shortcuts below help you work with a screen reader. Before you use them, turn on screen reader support. Learn how to turn on screen reader support.

Screen reader support
Enable screen reader support Ctrl + Alt + z
Alt + Shift + ~
Enable braille support Ctrl + Alt + h
Speak selection holding Ctrl + Alt, press a then x
Speak from cursor location holding Ctrl + Alt, press a then r
Announce cursor location holding Ctrl + Alt, press a then l
Announce formatting at cursor location holding Ctrl + Alt, press a then f
Speak the table column and row header holding Ctrl + Alt + Shift, press t then h
Speak the table cell location holding Ctrl + Alt + Shift, press t then n
Speak the table row header holding Ctrl + Alt + Shift, press t then r
Speak the table column header holding Ctrl + Alt + Shift, press t then c
Show live edits Ctrl + Alt + Shift + r
Speak comment holding Ctrl + Alt, press a then c
Speak anchor holding Ctrl + Alt, press a then a
Speak section formatting holding Ctrl + Alt, press a then s

Navigation shortcuts

Two groups of shortcuts below help you move quickly through your document or table:

  • Move to the next or previous item with Ctrl + Alt + n or Ctrl + Alt + p followed by another key.
  • Move quickly around a table with Ctrl + Alt + Shift + t followed by another key.
Document navigation
Show document outline holding Ctrl + Alt, press a then h
Move to next heading holding Ctrl + Alt, press n then h
Move to previous heading holding Ctrl + Alt, press p then h
Move to next heading [1-6] holding Ctrl + Alt, press n then [1-6]
Move to previous heading [1-6] holding Ctrl + Alt, press p then [1-6]
Move to next graphic
(image or drawing)
holding Ctrl + Alt, press n then g
Move to previous graphic
(image or drawing)
holding Ctrl + Alt, press p then g
Move to next list holding Ctrl + Alt, press n then o
Move to previous list holding Ctrl + Alt, press p then o
Move to next item in the current list holding Ctrl + Alt, press n then i
Move to previous item in the current list holding Ctrl + Alt, press p then i
Move to next link holding Ctrl + Alt, press n then l
Move to previous link holding Ctrl + Alt, press p then l
Move to next bookmark holding Ctrl + Alt, press n then b
Move to previous bookmark holding Ctrl + Alt, press p then b
Move to next formatting change holding Ctrl + Alt, press n then w
Move to previous formatting change holding Ctrl + Alt, press p then w
Move to next edit
(while viewing revision history or new changes)
holding Ctrl + Alt, press n then r
Ctrl + Alt + k
Move to previous edit
(while viewing revision history or new changes)
holding Ctrl + Alt, press p then r
Ctrl + Alt + j
Table navigation
Move to the start of the table holding Ctrl + Alt + Shift, press t then s
Move to the end of the table holding Ctrl + Alt + Shift, press t then d
Move to the start of the table column holding Ctrl + Alt + Shift, press t then i
Move to the end of the table column holding Ctrl + Alt + Shift, press t then k
Move to the next table column holding Ctrl + Alt + Shift, press t then b
Move to the previous table column holding Ctrl + Alt + Shift, press t then v
Move to the start of the table row holding Ctrl + Alt + Shift, press t then j
Move to the end of the table row holding Ctrl + Alt + Shift, press t then l
Move to the next table row holding Ctrl + Alt + Shift, press t then m
Move to the previous table row holding Ctrl + Alt + Shift, press t then g
Exit table holding Ctrl + Alt + Shift, press t then e
Move to the next table holding Ctrl + Alt + Shift, press n then t
Move to the previous table holding Ctrl + Alt + Shift, press p then t
Other tools and navigation
Open revision history Ctrl + Alt + Shift + h
Open Explore tool Ctrl + Alt + Shift + i
Open spelling/grammar Ctrl + Alt + x
Open dictionary Ctrl + Shift + y
Word count Ctrl + Shift + c
Start voice typing
(available in Chrome browsers)
Ctrl + Shift + s
Go to side panel Ctrl + Alt + .
Ctrl + Alt + ,
Page up Page Up
Page down Page Down
Move to next misspelling Ctrl + ‘
Move to previous misspelling Ctrl + ;
Insert or move to header holding Ctrl + Alt, press o then h
Insert or move to footer holding Ctrl + Alt, press o then f
Move focus to popup
(for links, bookmarks, and images)
holding Ctrl + Alt, press then p
Move focus out of editing area Ctrl + Alt + Shift + m
Show person or group info Alt + Right arrow

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