Commonly used shortcuts in Google docs/drawings


This post provides some commonly used shortcuts for Google Docs / Google Drawings


Superscript and Subscript for PC

(1) select the text you want to superscript;

(2) hold CTRL and press the period (.)  key.

Subscript Ctrl + ,
Superscript Ctrl + .

Superscript and  Subscript for Mac

Subscript ⌘ + ,
Superscript ⌘ + .

Slight movement of object

(1) select the object to make slight movement.

(2) use SHIFT + arrow key (i.e., Up, Down, Left, or Right)

MAC — em dash

On Macs, you can use the Shift-Option-Hyphen to insert the em dash.

There are other two ways to add em dash in Google docs/ drawings (source):

(1) replace consecutive hyphens

Using two consecutive hyphens is the next best alternative on keyboards without a dedicated em dash key. But, you can also configure Google Docs to automatically substitute two hyphens with an em dash whenever you insert them.

Now, add the em dash into the box under with  Shift-Option-Hyphen (on Mac) keyboard shortcuts. Or, you can choose to copy and paste the em dash character here: —

Click OK to add the substitution to Google Docs.

That’s it. You should now see an em dash whenever you press the hyphen key twice and follow it up with a space.

(2) insert as special character

There’s also another way to insert an em dash in Google Docs/Drawings, and that’s via the Special Characters selections screen.



MAC — Paragraph formatting

Left align ⌘ + Shift + l
Center align ⌘ + Shift + e
Right align ⌘ + Shift + r
Justify ⌘ + Shift + j