Keyboard Shortcuts You Need to Know

The other day, I was sitting in French class, and we had to copy and paste something from an article into a Google Doc. “Just use Ctrl+Shift+V,” I told someone. They had no idea what I was talking about, which was surprising to me, since Ctrl+Shift+V is one of the most useful keyboard shortcuts I know. 

Considering we all use computers constantly, and a lot of that time is spent on Google Docs, I figured it’d be helpful to put together a list of 30 different keyboard shortcuts for Windows (Mac users, I can’t help you).

Warning: Some of these might seem obvious, but I figured it would be better to be more thorough than less. You never know what people do or don’t know.


Keyboard Shortcuts:


  • Ctrl+B- bolds


  • Ctrl+I- italicizes
  • Ctrl+U- underlines
  • Ctrl+C- copies
  • Ctrl+V- pastes
  • Ctrl+X- cuts
  • Ctrl+Z- undo
  • Ctrl+Y- redo. Essentially this is the inverse of Ctrl+Z. 
  • Ctrl+R- refresh the page
  • Ctrl+S- save whatever you are working on
  • Ctrl+K- creates a hyperlink on the page
  • Ctrl+D- bookmarks a page
  • Ctrl+A- selects all the text
  • Ctrl+F- find in the document.
  • Ctrl+W- Closes your current tab. 
  • Ctrl+N- If you’re in an internet browser, it opens up a new window. 
  • Ctrl+H- find and replace
  • Ctrl+Shift+T- opens the most recently closed tab
  • Ctrl+plus/minus- zooms the page in/out
  • Ctrl+Backspace- deletes the previous word
  • Ctrl+Shift+V- This is “paste without formatting.” Essentially, it pastes something in the same font and size as the doc to which you are pasting it in. 
  • Ctrl+Tab- cycles through your open tabs
  • Ctrl+Shift+Tab- goes back through your open tabs
  • Ctrl+Shift+(period)- increases font size
  • Ctrl+Shift+(comma)- decreases font size
  • Ctrl+Shift+L- left aligns the text
  • Ctrl+Shift+R- right aligns the text
  • Ctrl+Shift+E- center aligns the text
  • Ctrl+Alt+M- leave a comment on Google docs



  • Ctrl+]/[- increase/decrease the indent