With more and more teachers using Chromebooks and/or Google Drive in our classrooms for students to work on assignments, projects, or more I thought it would be useful this week to continue to give you all some more Google helpful hints. These hints were first published by a group called onlineuniversities.com and republished online by a group called Teach Through. They focus on hints you can use to increase efficiency and productivity while working in Google Drive/Docs ....Enjoy.....
Navigate your documents and screen a lot faster when you use these keyboard shortcuts for formatting and more.
- Ctrl+Home: Get back to the top of your doc.
- Ctrl+B: Bold
- Ctrl+E: Center alignment
- Ctrl+L: Back to left alignment
- Ctrl+M: Insert comment
- Ctrl+H: Replace
- Ctrl+End: Go to last cell in data region
- Ctrl+Home: Go to first cell in data region.
- Shift+spacebar: Select entire row.
- Ctrl+Z: Undo.
- Ctrl+Y: Redo.
- Ctrl+spacebar: Select entire column.
- Ctrl+J: Full justify.
- Ctrl+Shift+L: Bulleted list.
- Page Down: Move down one screen.
- Ctrl+K: Inset link.
- Ctrl+Shift+F: Full screen.
- Page Up: Move up one screen.
- Ctrl+Space: Remove formatting.
- Ctrl+: Heading style 1. Change the “1” to any number 1-6 and get the corresponding header.
These hacks will make your Google Docs experience even more efficient and streamlined.
- Templates: Use Docs’ 300 templates to get started on different types of documents.
- Work offline: View and edit documents even when you don’t have access to an Internet connection.
- Create shortcuts: Create shortcuts and bookmarks for new documents, Google Docs home and more frequently visited pages.
- Save as different file types: Instead of converting docs to different file types, you can simply change it to HTML, RTF, PDF, ODT and more whenever you save it.
Features & Tools
Make use of features and tools like Docs Translation or CSS Editing to customize your docs and make them work for you.
- Polyline: Draw shapes and lines in Google docs to make graphs, images and examples.
- Docs Translation: Find the docs translator under Tools.
- Snap to Guides: With this Edit feature, you can line up shapes in your doc automatically.
- Reference tools: Google docs comes with access to a dictionary, thesaurus and encyclopedia that you can use within the document.
- CSS Editing: Change the display of your doc by manually plugging in your CSS text.
- HTML tags: Docs supports, or partially supports, some HTML tags, shown here.