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Jayne Miller By Jayne Miller • June 5, 2015

Must-Know Google Doc Hacks for Classrooms

Buckle up. We collected must-know tips, tricks, and shortcuts for classrooms using Google docs.

Funky Features

  • You can find a doc’s revision history under the “File” tab.

    • Similarly - click any file (single-click) and then click the “i” in the right corner to view the activity history of a doc.

  • And you can still track changes by navigating to the “editing” button on your toolbar and selecting “suggesting” instead of “editing” mode.
    Editing and Suggesting in Docs

  • Docs has citation support, accessible via the research option under “Tools.” This pane has a built in search. At this point, Google gives you the option to insert a link or citation.


  • For longer works, docs will auto-generate a table of contents if you use heading styles throughout.

  • Fun fact: you can adjust the color, brightness, and transparency of images in your doc. You'll find these commands under “Image Options."

Savvy Settings

  • You can ensure your doc isn’t a free-for-all via your collaboration settings, where it’s possible to add or remove editors and change ownership of docs, when needed.

    • Bonus: you can protect a spreadsheet from being edited by navigating to “Data” and then “Protect sheets and ranges.”

  • Two words: offline mode.

  • You can hack your own shortkeys by heading to “Tools” and then “Preferences.” In this pane you can determine automatic substitutions.

  • Also under “Tools” is your personal dictionary. Add any words you’re sick of seeing with little red squiggles underneath them.

Just Gimmie the Shortcuts, Please

You can find the shortcut motherload here.

  • Ctrl+Home: Go to the top of your doc

  • Ctrl+Z: Undo

  • Ctrl+Y: Redo

  • Ctrl+E: Center align

  • Ctrl+L: Left align

  • Ctrl+J: Justify

  • Ctrl+M: Comment

  • Ctrl+H: Replace

  • Ctrl+End: Go to last cell in region

  • Ctrl+Home: Go to first cell in region

  • Shift+Spacebar: Select row

  • Ctrl+Spacebar: Select column

  • Ctrl+Shift+L: Bulleted list

  • Ctrl+Shift+Spacebar: Non-breaking space

  • Page Down: Move down one screen

  • Page Up: Move up one screen

  • Ctrl+K: Insert hyperlink

  • Ctrl+Shift+F: Full screen

  • Ctrl+Spacebar: Clear formatting 



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