The new version of Google Drive adds what everyone has been waiting for years: support for classic keyboard shortcuts. Now, you no longer need to do long and tedious drag and drop to properly store your files. Shortcuts for copying, cutting, and pasting work, just like on your PC.
Google Drive has become a powerful tool in our daily lives. Whether you have the standard 15GB of storage or you’re paying for a Google One subscription, you probably keep at least some files around on the platform. And if you’re using it from a computer, managing your files will get much more convenient. We have summarized the main shortcuts that are arriving in Drive:
- CTRL + C: copy a file
- CTRL + X: cut a file
- Paste a file by CTRL + V
- CTRL + Shift + V:
- CTRL + Shift + V: create a shortcut for a file
- Open the selected file in a new tab by CTRL + Enter
Additionally, a link to the file and its title will also be captured when copying a file, which allows you to easily paste them into a document or an email.
Google Drive is finally getting keyboard shortcuts
These aren’t the only shortcuts that are being added. Using Ctrl+C and Ctrl+Shift+V will let you create shortcuts inside Drive to add a shortcut to a file in another location without necessarily duplicating the file and taking more space than needed. There’s also a Ctrl+Enter shortcut that will open whatever file you’ve selected in a new tab in your browser.
The feature is rolling out currently to all users starting this week under the rapid release, and the scheduled release kicks off next week. All users should get it by June end and it is going to be available to all Google Workspace customers and users with personal Google accounts on Google Chrome.
They’re pretty neat, and they can help you move and manage your files more conveniently, especially if you’re already used to those shortcuts while navigating through files on your PC. If you want to check them out, head over to the Google Drive web client. It might take three days for it to show up for everyone.
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