The 32 Best Google Docs Shortcuts of 2022

Discover how to save time while you get more done

Keyboard shortcuts can be your best friend when you’re trying to get things done so you can wrap up your work for the day. There are a variety of Google Docs shortcuts you can use to move quickly through your document. Here are our favorites.

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All of our favorite shortcuts were tested on a Windows 10 PC using Google Docs in Google Chrome, but there are also plenty of Mac shortcuts available if you’re a macOS fan.

Selecting Text  
Select all text in the documentCtrl + a
Extend the selection one character (before or after)Shift + left or right arrow
Extend the selection one word (before or after)Ctrl + Shift + left or right arrow
Extend the selection one line (before or after)Ctrl + up or down arrow
Formatting Text (highlight the text first) 
BoldCtrl + b
ItalicizeCtrl + i
Strikethrough Alt + Shift + 5
SuperscriptCtrl + .
SubscriptCtrl + ,
Increase font sizeCtrl + Shift + >
UnderlineCtrl + u
Decrease font sizeCtrl + Shift + <
Apply normal text styleCtrl + Alt + 0
Formatting Paragraphs (place cursor anywhere in the text you want to move) 
Increase indentationCtrl + ]
Decrease indentationCtrl + [
Right alignCtrl + Shift + r
Left alignCtrl + Shift + r
JustifyCtrl + Shift + j
Bulleted listCtrl + Shift + 8
Numbered listCtrl + Shift + 7
Navigating Through the Document 
Page up or down in the documentAlt + up/down arrow
Move to the next headinghold Ctrl + Alt, then press n, then h
Move to the previous headinghold Ctrl + Alt, then press p then h
Move to the next item on a current listCtrl + Alt, then press n,  then i
Navigating Inside a Table (cursor must be inside the table) 
Move to the beginning of a table Hold Ctrl + Alt + Shift, then press t, then s
Move to the beginning of a table columnHold Ctrl + Alt + Shift, then press t, then d
Move to the next column Hold Ctrl + Alt _ Shift, then press t, then b
Move to a previous columnHold Ctrl + Alt + Shift, then press t, then v
Move to the beginning of a table rowHold Ctrl + Alt + Shift, then press t, then j
Move to the next table rowHold Ctrl + Alt + Shift, then press t, then m
Move to a previous table rowHold Ctrl + Alt + Shift, then press t, then g
Exit the tableHold Ctrl + Alt + Shift, press t, then e

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Discover how to save time while you get more done

Keyboard shortcuts can be your best friend when you’re trying to get things done so you can wrap up your work for the day. There are a variety of Google Docs shortcuts you can use to move quickly through your document. Here are our favorites.

PBNJ Productions/Getty Images All of our favorite shortcuts were tested on a Windows 10 PC using Google Docs in Google Chrome, but there are also plenty of Mac shortcuts available if you’re a macOS fan.
Selecting Text 
 
Select all text in the document
Ctrl + a
Extend the selection one character (before or after)
Shift + left or right arrow
Extend the selection one word (before or after)
Ctrl + Shift + left or right arrow
Extend the selection one line (before or after)
Ctrl + up or down arrow
Formatting Text (highlight the text first)
 
Bold
Ctrl + b
Italicize
Ctrl + i
Strikethrough 
Alt + Shift + 5
Superscript
Ctrl + .
Subscript
Ctrl + ,
Increase font size
Ctrl + Shift + >
Underline
Ctrl + u
Decrease font size
Ctrl + Shift + <
Apply normal text style
Ctrl + Alt + 0
Formatting Paragraphs (place cursor anywhere in the text you want to move)
 
Increase indentation
Ctrl + ] Decrease indentation
Ctrl + [
Right align
Ctrl + Shift + r
Left align
Ctrl + Shift + r
Justify
Ctrl + Shift + j
Bulleted list
Ctrl + Shift + 8
Numbered list
Ctrl + Shift + 7
Navigating Through the Document
 
Page up or down in the document
Alt + up/down arrow
Move to the next heading
hold Ctrl + Alt, then press n, then h
Move to the previous heading
hold Ctrl + Alt, then press p then h
Move to the next item on a current list
Ctrl + Alt, then press n,  then i
Navigating Inside a Table (cursor must be inside the table)
 
Move to the beginning of a table 
Hold Ctrl + Alt + Shift, then press t, then s
Move to the beginning of a table column
Hold Ctrl + Alt + Shift, then press t, then d
Move to the next column 
Hold Ctrl + Alt _ Shift, then press t, then b
Move to a previous column
Hold Ctrl + Alt + Shift, then press t, then v
Move to the beginning of a table row
Hold Ctrl + Alt + Shift, then press t, then j
Move to the next table row
Hold Ctrl + Alt + Shift, then press t, then m
Move to a previous table row
Hold Ctrl + Alt + Shift, then press t, then g
Exit the table
Hold Ctrl + Alt + Shift, press t, then e
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