How to Use Google Drive shortcut keys to Boost Your Productivity?

Google Drive has expanded significantly from an useful word editor to an important day-to-day application to boost our productivity. Whether you use it for personal data storage or for your business, it’s critical that you understand how to get the most out of this service. I have selected some of the top productivity tips and tactics for you to apply.

There are several Google Drive tips and techniques that every user should be aware of in order to get the most out of it and boost your productivity. Let’s have a look at them:

  1. Progressive Web App

Normally, to access your Google Drive, you must open a browser, navigate to the Google Apps menu, and then click Drive. When you need to open the drive quickly, it’s a lot. As a result, you may get the progressive Google Drive app and launch your drive with a double-click of your mouse. To do so, drag your pointer to the address bar and look for an install icon on the right-hand side; click on it and install. That’s all, you can now simply access your disc from your desktop.

  1. Using Drag and Drop

Most of us are already aware of this. For those who are unfamiliar, you may simply drag and drop a file on your disc to upload. Normally, you go to the drive and then click the New button to upload a file or folder, but drag and drop is far more easy, so give it a shot if you haven’t already.

  1. New Keyboard Shortcuts

Did you know that the dot new shortcut key allows you to swiftly generate new content? To open a new doc file in the drive, for example, use “” in the browser address bar instead of going to the drive or google applications. Not only that, but you can also use this way to produce Sheets, Slides, and Form files.¬†

  1. Extract Text from Images

This is my favourite and comes in useful when you need to extract text from images and PDFs that have been posted to the disc. To do so, locate a picture on your computer, right-click on it, and then open it in Google Docs. It may take a few seconds, then a new document will open with that photo at the top. Scroll down to get all of the text copied from the image pasted into the document. Isn’t it amazing?

5. Offline Mode

Whether you are a student or a businessperson, using Offline Mode in Google Drive may help you stay productive regardless of whether you are at school or at work. To activate offline mode, go to the top-right setting gear icon, select Settings, scroll down a little, and enable the offline mode. You may now work totally offline even if you don’t have an internet connection, and the greatest part is that when you reconnect to the internet, everything is instantly updated

  1. Shortcut to a File

What do you usually do when you’re at a team meeting and your boss wants you to share the meeting with the rest of the team in a shared folder? So, you usually move the file to the shared folder, right? But there is an alternative. Instead of relocating the folder, pick the file, then drag it to the shared folder, and before releasing it, hold down the control key until a shortcut icon appears, and then release it. A window will appear; click the Add shortcut button to proceed. This allows you to keep your file orderly, and any modifications made by your teammates will be reflected in the original file. Best of all, if they remove it by mistake, your original data are unaffected. This is far more efficient than copying or transferring files.

  1. Shortcuts on the Keyboard

Do you know that there are various shortcut buttons in Google Drive that make working within the drive even faster? If not, go to the settings gear icon and choose Keyboard shortcuts. But wait, we’re talking about shortcut keys, so why not use a shortcut key to access the shortcut keys? Simply pressing the question mark key on your keyboard will bring up the shortcut keys. Let’s go over two of our favourite shortcut keys now. After choosing a file or folder, use the “N” key to rename it, and press the period key to bring up the sharing window.


Even if you only have a few hundred papers, these techniques will help you arrange them better and increase your productivity. We hope you can use and utilise these Google Drive tips and methods to boost your productivity and make your job more manageable.

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