Create a new Google doc by browsing to https://doc.new

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 (docs, sheets, slides, forms), and you can also type out the entire document type if you want to spend extra time creating your docs (document, spreadsheet, presentation) apart from form, because the long/full version of form is, well, form.

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. 🤦🏼‍♂️

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