Google Docs Tips for Beginners – Share Files Like a Pro!

Google Docs is one of the most useful tools developed by the Android-parent and mastering all its hidden features is going to be worth it. Google Docs is actually a multi-tool that is available for free and it works cross-platforms. This means that all your documents and media files will be automatically synced with all available devices (phones, tablets, and PCs). The amazing thing about Google Docs is the fact that it only requires a Google account in order to work. You don’t need to pay anything or make a special subscription.

On the downside of things, Google Docs is equipped with so many useful features that getting the hang of them all can be tricky at times. Here is where come in. Today we are going to share with you the top three most useful tips for beginners. Without any further ado, let’s jump right into it.

Top 3 Google Docs Tips for Beginners

#1 Create a Shareable Link

Create a Shareable Link in Google Docs

The first tip that we want to share with you is how to create a shareable link. Fortunately, Google has made it super easy to do this and you will be able to create your own shareable link in a couple of clicks. Click the “Share” option, now click on the “Get Shareable Link” button that is located in the top right corner. Next, type in the emails of the people who are going to receive access to the link. The last step is to click the “Copy Link” option and then paste the link anywhere you want.

#2 Voice Typing

Voice Typing for Docs

If there is one thing that Google’s tools do better than all others, then it has to be the fact that they always implement new technologies. Google Docs is the perfect example of that shipping with voice typing support. Follow the next steps to use this feature and write all your notes via vocal commands: Tools – Voice Typing. A microphone icon will pop up on the screen and you only to click on it and then start speaking. The words will automatically appear inside the text file.

#3 How to See All the Recent Changes to a Document

How to See All the Recent Changes to a Document

If you are working on a document that is shared with multiple people, then one of the most useful tips that we can show you is how to see all the recent changes made to the document. You can view a list of all recent changes by clicking File > Version History > See Version History.

Windows Keyboard Shortcuts

The amazing thing about Google Docs is that there are tens of shortcuts that can make your life much easier and take your work productivity to the next level. You can copy the list below in a document so that you can always find the shortcut that you need.

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
Text formatting
Bold Ctrl + B
Italicise 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
Centre 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 anticlockwise by 15° Alt + Left arrow
Rotate anticlockwise 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 Ctrl + Enter
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
Context (right-click) menu Ctrl + Shift + x
Ctrl + Shift + \
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

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