At work we use Google Workspace (formerly known as G Suite), and I will often want to quickly create a doc to share while I’m on a video call.
I used to go to
drive.google.com, click New, then click the type of document, typically a Google Doc.
Then, one day, I was given a tip that changed my life. My friend and fellow developer Guilherme was on a call with me, and said “Next time, just go to doc.new”. I thought, no, that black magic can’t possibly exist.
It does! You can use the following shortcuts to create a new document, spreadsheet, presentation, or form.
I can’t imagine needing to very urgently create a Google Form, but it’s there if you need it. The plural version of each of these works, too (
forms), and you can also type out the entire document type if you want to spend extra time creating your docs (
presentation) apart from form, because the long/full version of
form is, well,
Note that if you create a new document using one of these links but don’t type anything in the document, it won’t be saved. This prevents a Google Drive full of untitled documents.
The official Google support documentation for these shortcuts is here, filed under “Beginner tips”. Thanks Google for making me feel great. 🤦🏼♂️