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New Look Google Documents With Added Keyboard Shortcuts and More! Launched

Another Google Product that received the new Google+ look and feel is the Google documents. The refreshed UI is part of google’s effort to provide an improved and consistent web experience across Google products. The new look documents will be rolling out to users over the next few days.

If it’s available to you, “you’ll be able to preview the new look by clicking on Try the new look under the gear icon in the upper right. You’ll be able to return to the classic look using the same menu,” informs Ted Chen, Software Engineer.

Classic look:

New look:

“While in the new interface, if you want to see more of the items in your documents list on the screen at one time. Just click on the gear icon in the upper right and go to Documents settings. Under Row height, you’ll be able to select the option to use a denser view.”

“As part of this new look, the Docs team also added keyboard shortcuts to help you navigate documents list without a mouse. For example, when selecting a document, use the ? (down arrow) to move down the list and the ?(up arrow) to move back up. Once you find the item you’re looking for, type a to open the Actions menu. Then, use the ? and ? arrow keys to navigate the Actions menu, and hit to select an action,” explains Chen.

“The Create new shortcuts are also convenient for creating new docs while you’re working. Simply hit Shift + T to create a new text document, Shift + S to create a spreadsheet, or Shift + C to create a new collection.”

To recall a shortcut — Just type ? when you’re not in the search bar, and a window will appear showing all available shortcuts.

Keyboard shortcuts:

[Source: Docs Blog]

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