Keyboard shortcuts for Google documents

Below, you'll find a list of keyboard shortcuts for Google documents. If you're looking for keyboard shortcuts for comments and discussions in Google documents, you can visit the comments and discussions guide.


PC shortcuts

Common actions

Shortcut

Select all Ctrl + A
Copy Ctrl + C
Cut Ctrl + X
Paste Ctrl + V
Undo Ctrl + Z
Redo Ctrl + Shift + Z
Compact controls Ctrl + Shift + F
Print Ctrl + P
Insert or edit link Ctrl + K
Open link Alt + Enter
Show common keyboard shortcuts Ctrl + /
Save
Note: Every change you make is automatically saved in Drive
Ctrl + S
 

Format text

Shortcut

Bold Ctrl + B
Italicize Ctrl + I
Underline Ctrl + U
Strikethrough Alt + Shift + 5
Superscript Ctrl + .
Subscript Ctrl + ,
Copy formatting Ctrl + Alt + C
Paste formatting Ctrl + Alt + V
Clear formatting Ctrl + \
 

Edit and format paragraphs

Shortcut

Increase paragraph indentation Ctrl + ]
Decrease paragraph indentation Ctrl + [
Apply normal text style Ctrl + Alt + 0
Apply header style [1-6] Ctrl + Alt + [1-6]
Left align Ctrl + Shift + L
Center align Ctrl + Shift + E
Right align Ctrl + Shift + R
Full justify Ctrl + Shift + J
Numbered list Ctrl + Shift + 7
Bulleted list Ctrl + Shift + 8
Move paragraph up/down Alt + Shift + Up/Down arrow

Edit images and drawings

Shortcut

Increase size of image or drawing Ctrl + Alt + K
Decrease size of image or drawing Ctrl + Alt + J

Edit and access comments and footnotes

Shortcut

Insert comment
See Keyboard shortcuts for comments and discussions
Ctrl + Alt + M
Open discussion thread Ctrl + Alt + Shift + A
Enter current comment holding Ctrl + Alt, press E then C
Move to next comment holding Ctrl + Alt, press N then C
Move to previous comment holding Ctrl + Alt, press P then C
Insert footnote Ctrl + Alt + F
Enter 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
 

Application features

Shortcut

Find Ctrl + F
Find again Ctrl + G
Find previous Ctrl + Shift + G
Find and replace... Ctrl + H
Open revision history Ctrl + Alt + Shift + G
Open research tool Ctrl + Alt + Shift + I
Define selected word Ctrl + Shift + Y
Word count Ctrl + Shift + C
Toggle Input Controls
(available in documents in non-Latin languages)
Ctrl + Shift + K
 

Open menus

Shortcut

Search the menus
(only in Compact controls)
Alt + /
Context (right-click) menu Ctrl + Shift + X
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
Table menu in Google Chrome: Alt + B
other browsers: Alt + Shift + B
Help menu in Google Chrome: Alt + H
other browsers: Alt + Shift + H
Input Tools menu
(available in documents in non-Latin languages)
Ctrl + Alt + Shift + K
Show your browser's context menu Shift + right-click
 

Navigate around the document

Shortcut

Page up Fn + Up arrow
Page down Fn + Down arrow
Open header holding Ctrl + Alt, press O then H
Open footer holding Ctrl + Alt, press O then F
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 media
(image or drawing)
holding Ctrl + Alt, press N then G
Move to previous media
(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 misspelling Ctrl + '
Move to previous misspelling Ctrl + ;
 

Navigate a table

Shortcut

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 next table holding Ctrl + Alt + Shift, press N then T
Move to the previous table holding Ctrl + Alt + Shift, press P then T
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
 

Focus

Shortcut

Return focus to document text Esc
Move focus to popup
(for links, bookmarks, and images)
holding Ctrl + Alt, press E then P
Move to top of application Ctrl + Alt + Shift + M
Chat Shift + Esc
Focus containing webpage
(such as when using Docs in Google+ Hangouts)
Ctrl + Shift + Esc
 

Use a screen reader

Shortcut

Enable screen reader support
For more information, see Use Google Docs with a screen reader
Ctrl + Alt + Z
Speak selection Ctrl + Alt + X
Announce cursor location holding Ctrl + Alt, press A then L
Announce formatting at cursor location holding Ctrl + Alt, press A then F
Move to next formatting change holding Ctrl + Alt, press N then W
Move to previous formatting change holding Ctrl + Alt, press P then W
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


 

Mac shortcuts

Common actions

Shortcut

Select all ⌘ + A
Copy ⌘ + C
Cut ⌘ + X
Paste ⌘ + V
Undo ⌘ + Z
Redo ⌘ + Shift + Z
Compact controls Ctrl + Shift + F
Print ⌘ + P
Insert or edit link ⌘ + K
Open link Alt + Enter
Show common keyboard shortcuts ⌘ + /
Save
Note: Every change you make is automatically saved in Drive
⌘ + S
 

Format text

Shortcut

Bold ⌘ + B
Italicize ⌘ + I
Underline ⌘ + U
Strikethrough Option + Shift + 5
Superscript ⌘ + .
Subscript ⌘ + ,
Copy formatting ⌘ + Alt + C
Paste formatting ⌘ + Alt + V
Clear formatting ⌘ + \
 

Edit and format paragraphs

Shortcut

Increase paragraph indentation ⌘ + ]
Decrease paragraph indentation ⌘ + [
Apply normal text style ⌘ + Option + 0
Apply header style [1-6] ⌘ + Option + [1-6]
Left align ⌘ + Shift + L
Center align ⌘ + Shift + E
Right align ⌘ + Shift + R
Full justify ⌘ + Shift + J
Numbered list ⌘ + Shift + 7
Bulleted list ⌘ + Shift + 8
Move paragraph up/down Ctrl + Shift + Up/Down arrow

Edit images and drawings

Shortcut

Increase size of image or drawing ⌘ + Alt + K
Decrease size of image or drawing ⌘ + Alt + J

Edit and access comments and footnotes

Shortcut

Insert comment
See Keyboard shortcuts for comments and discussions
⌘ + Option + M
Open discussion thread ⌘ + Option + Shift + A
Enter current comment holding Ctrl + ⌘, press E then C
Move to next comment holding Ctrl + ⌘, press N then C
Move to previous comment holding Ctrl + ⌘, press P then C
Insert footnote ⌘ + Option + F
Enter current footnote holding Ctrl + ⌘, press E then F
Move to next footnote holding Ctrl + ⌘, press N then F
Move to previous footnote holding Ctrl + ⌘, press P then F
 

Application features

Shortcut

Find ⌘ + F
Find again ⌘ + G
Find previous ⌘ + Shift + G
Find and replace... ⌘ + Shift + H
Open revision history ⌘ + Option + Ctrl + G
Open research tool ⌘ + Option + Shift + I
Define selected word ⌘ + Shift + Y
Word count ⌘ + Shift + C
Toggle Input Controls
(available in documents in non-Latin languages)
⌘ + Shift + K
 

Open menus

Shortcut

Search the menus
(only in Compact controls)
in Mozilla Firefox: Ctrl + ~
other browsers: Option + /
Context (right-click) menu ⌘ + Shift + X
File menu Ctrl + Option + F
Edit menu Ctrl + Option + E
View menu Ctrl + Option + V
Insert menu Ctrl + Option + I
Format menu Ctrl + Option + O
Tools menu Ctrl + Option + T
Table menu Ctrl + Option + B
Help menu Ctrl + Option + H
Input Tools menu
(available in documents in non-Latin languages)
⌘ + Option + Shift + K
Show your browser's context menu Shift + right-click
 

Navigate around the document

Shortcut

Open header holding Ctrl + ⌘, press O then H
Open footer holding Ctrl + ⌘, press O then F
Move to next heading holding Ctrl + ⌘, press N then H
Move to previous heading holding Ctrl + ⌘, press P then H
Move to next heading [1-6] holding Ctrl + ⌘, press N then [1-6]
Move to previous heading [1-6] holding Ctrl + ⌘, press P then [1-6]
Move to next media
(image or drawing)
holding Ctrl + ⌘, press N then G
Move to previous media
(image or drawing)
holding Ctrl + ⌘, press P then G
Move to next list holding Ctrl + ⌘, press N then O
Move to previous list holding Ctrl + ⌘, press P then O
Move to next item in the current list holding Ctrl + ⌘, press N then I
Move to previous item in the current list holding Ctrl + ⌘, press P then I
Move to next link holding Ctrl + ⌘, press N then L
Move to previous link holding Ctrl + ⌘, press P then L
Move to next misspelling ⌘ + '
Move to previous misspelling ⌘ + ;
 

Navigate a table

Shortcut

Move to the start of the table holding Ctrl + ⌘ + Shift, press T then S
Move to the end of the table holding Ctrl + ⌘ + Shift, press T then D
Move to the next table holding Ctrl + ⌘ + Shift, press N then T
Move to the previous table holding Ctrl + ⌘ + Shift, press P then T
Move to the start of the table column holding Ctrl + ⌘ + Shift, press T then I
Move to the end of the table column holding Ctrl + ⌘ + Shift, press T then K
Move to the next table column holding Ctrl + ⌘ + Shift, press T then B
Move to the previous table column holding Ctrl + ⌘ + Shift, press T then V
Move to the start of the table row holding Ctrl + ⌘ + Shift, press T then J
Move to the end of the table row holding Ctrl + ⌘ + Shift, press T then L
Move to the next table row holding Ctrl + ⌘ + Shift, press T then M
Move to the previous table row holding Ctrl + ⌘ + Shift, press T then G
Exit Table holding Ctrl + ⌘ + Shift, press T then E
 

Focus

Shortcut

Return focus to document text Esc
Move focus to popup
(for links, bookmarks, and images)
holding Ctrl + ⌘, press E then P
Move to top of application ⌘ + Option + Shift + M
Chat Shift + Esc
Focus containing webpage
(such as when using Docs in Google+ Hangouts)
Ctrl + Shift + Esc
 

Use a screen reader

Shortcut

Enable screen reader support
For more information, see Use Google Docs with a screen reader
Option + ⌘ + Z
Speak selection Ctrl + ⌘ + X
Announce cursor location holding Ctrl + ⌘, press A then L
Announce formatting at cursor location holding Ctrl + ⌘, press A then F
Move to next formatting change holding Ctrl + ⌘, press N then W
Move to previous formatting change holding Ctrl + ⌘, press P then W
Speak the table column and row header holding Ctrl + ⌘ + Shift, press T then H
Speak the table cell location holding Ctrl + ⌘ + Shift, press T then N
Speak the table row header holding Ctrl + ⌘ + Shift, press T then R
Speak the table column header holding Ctrl + ⌘ + Shift, press T then C