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4 Keyboard Shortcuts to Make You Love Google Drive Even More

This is a weekly series to help you get to know your computer/apps better by learning the shortcuts that help you move faster across or within the apps you know and love. It takes practice, but habit forming shortcut usage can add up to days worth of time savings in a year.

Google Drive. We’ve all used it either in our work lives or even our personal lives, and truthfully it’s a life savor. Since working inside of Google Drive is a daily occurrence for most of us, we did a little digging to find the best shortcuts to make your time in drive more seamless. Luckily if you’re a Mac or Windows user, these shortcuts work for everyone.

  1. First things first: No matter if you’ve just opened up drive or are deep down into one of your drive folders, the shortcut of just hitting the letter “c” allows you to quickly create a new file. Create a new Folder, doc, upload a file, etc. This little letter allows you to start something new.

  2. Looking for a specific document within drive can be a hassle when you can’t remember the exact name of the document. Clicking and opening all of your docs is SUPER time consuming. Luckily, there’s a shortcut to see the details of a document before having to open it. Simply click on the document you want to see the details of, hit the letter “d” on the keyboard and start scanning! It’s a true time saver.

  3. To piggyback off of the previous details shortcut, because these two work very well together, is the shortcut of moving to the next file without having to click on the next document! To move onto the next file, simply hit the letter “j” and watch as you advance onto the next file. BONUS: Want to go back to your previous file? The letter “k” will move you right back to it.

  4. Last, but not least, a shortcut to rename files. Who has time to right click on your mouse or keypad anymore? To change the name of a file, document or folder - select it, then hit the letter “n” to rename it. Simple. Easy. Done. 

Truly, these keyboard shortcuts should make using drive feel a little less daunting and a lot more savvy. If we’ve missed a few that are yourfavorites, let us know! We’re happy to add more secret key strokes into our shortcut repertoire.

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