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This one hidden Google shortcut will save you time every single day

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Most of us know at least some basic keyboard shortcuts. Ctrl + C for copy, Ctrl + V for paste, and the infamous Ctrl + Alt + Delete for when things aren’t going so well. 

That’s not all. You can use your keyboard to paste text without its original messy formatting, take a picture of your screen, and create a virtual desktop to keep work and life separate. Tap or click here for seven shortcuts that will help you save even more time

Speaking of time, here’s a 30-second privacy check you need to do if you use Google or Facebook regularly. Do it now while you’re thinking of it. 

There are more ways to cut to the chase beyond a few keystrokes. If you use Google’s Docs, Sheets, and Calendar, here’s a smart, quick way to create new files and events without clicking through menus. 

Use Google shortcuts to create new files 

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But if you do use Google Docs, here’s a trick you need to know. The same goes for opening a new Google Sheet, Google’s version of Excel.  

A similar shortcut opens your Google Calendar with a new blank calendar entry for you to fill in, which is faster than going through your calendar itself or Google Drive. 

BERLIN, GERMANY - APRIL 22: The logo of the filehosting service Google Drive is shown on the display of a smartphone on April 22, 2020 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty Images)

BERLIN, GERMANY – APRIL 22: The logo of the filehosting service Google Drive is shown on the display of a smartphone on April 22, 2020 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty Images)

Here’s how it works 

First, make sure you’re signed in to your Google account. Now open your browser. Enter in the type of file you want to create, along with “.new” in the browser’s URL bar. 

For example, you can open a Google Doc by typing in “document.new” or a calendar entry by typing “cal.new.” 

Here’s a handy list for reference. You can use any of the following shortcuts for each application: 

  • Google Docs: document.new, docs.new, doc.new
  • Google Sheets: spreadsheet.new, sheets.new, sheet.new
  • Google Slides: presentation.new, slides.new, slide.new
  • Google Forms: forms.new, form.new
  • Google Keep: keep.new, notes.new, note.new
  • Google Calendar: meeting.new, cal.new
  • Google Meeting: meet.new

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While you’re at it 

If you use Google Docs, there’s a good chance you use Gmail, Chrome, and other Google products, too. Do yourself a favor and check out these guides to lock down your browser and wipe your personal details from the web. 

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The Google logo is displayed at the Google headquarters on September 2, 2015 in Mountain View, California.

The Google logo is displayed at the Google headquarters on September 2, 2015 in Mountain View, California.
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