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

This is 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 separate work and life. Tap or click here for seven shortcuts that will help you save even more time.

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

Use Google shortcuts to create new files

Microsoft Office is expensive. If you don’t want to pay for Word, Excel and everyone else, the free alternative is the right way. Google is not the only option. Tap or click here for seven free choices that do what Word does.

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

Such a shortcut opens your Google Calendar with a new blank calendar entry to fill in, which is faster than through the calendar itself or Google Drive.

Here’s how it works

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

For example, you can open Google Doc by typing “”Or a calendar entry by writingkal.nov

Here is a handy list for reference. You can use one of the following shortcuts for each application:

  • Google Docs:,,
  • Google Spreadsheets:,,
  • Google Slides:,,
  • Google Forms:,
  • Google Keep:,,
  • Google Calendar:,
  • Google Meeting:

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While you’re at it

If you use Google Docs, you’re more likely to use Gmail, Chrome, and other Google products. Do yourself a favor and browse these guides to lock your browser and delete your personal data from the web.

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