The One Google Docs Trick That Will Save You a Ton of Time

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All these years, I was creating new Google Docs like a clueless pleb, opening Google Drive, clicking New and then selecting Google Doc. Turns out, there is a much easier way to do it.

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Simply open a new Chrome tab and type "doc.new" and hit return, and you've got yourself a new blank Google doc. Amazing, right? It's the kind of simple trick that will leave you surprised, impressed and kind of annoyed you didn't know it already.

I found out about this a few months ago, but the tip resurfaced in a tweet from Amanda Mull, a writer at The Atlantic. Ask around your office, and spread the knowledge and marvel at the surprise on your colleagues' faces as you show them how easy it is to do.

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Similar phrases "sheet.new" and "slides.new" also work, if you're a spreadsheet cruncher or presentation maestro. For writers, though, this simple trick makes it super easy to get writing already, so you don't risk losing the idea on your mind.

Even more importantly, you can use this information to create a New Doc bookmark. Just right-click the Bookmark bar, select Add Page and set the URL to "doc.new" — without the quotation marks, of course.

Find any more cool GDocs tricks? Let me know via email at henry.casey@futurenet.com. I would love to check them out and share the wealth.

Credit: Laptop Mag

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Henry T. Casey
Henry T. Casey,
Henry is a senior writer at Laptop Mag, covering security, Apple and operating systems. Prior to joining Laptop Mag — where he's the self-described Rare Oreo Expert — he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. You can find him at your local pro wrestling events, and wondering why Apple decided to ditch its MagSafe power adapters.
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