Shortcuts for Google Docs for the Visually-Impaired

Recently, a student of mine who is blind expressed a need to find “a video with shortcuts for Google Docs.” If you are wondering why a blind person would want to watch a video of shortcuts to Google Docs, it is in hope of hearing the shortcuts read alound. Visually-impaired persons have taught me that the fastest way to learn something is often to find a video and listen to it.

The Staunton Media Lab has just posted a video version of Shortcuts for Google Docs on YouTube as an assist to the visually-impaired who want to use Google Docs. We took a set of shortcut keyboard commands, stripped out all the graphics, reformatted the instructions to be read by a screen reader, and then recorded the screen reader speaking the keyboard shortcuts.

We then took that excellent recording and re-attached it to PDF slides in Keynote, then output the whole thing as a video and uploaded it to YouTube. We also added a text version of the shortcuts in the video description on YouTube. If you know how to use screen readers, and you want the shortcuts read in a different voice, you can copy them out of the description on YouTube or out of this post, below.

This is just one of many assitive technology hacks we will be bringing you from The Staunton Media Lab in the weeks to come. Please be sure to share this information with the ones you love who can’t see so well and still want and need to use computers.

Keyboard Shortcuts for Google Docs
Text-Only Version for Screen Readers
From the Stanton Media Lab
Copyright Free. Use as you please.
Keyboard Shortcuts for Google Docs
Note: For Windows users, substitute Control Key for Command Key

1. Navigating Google Docs

Arrow Left, Arrow Right Jump one character to the left or one character to the right

Command + Arrow Left, Command + Arrow Right Jump one word to the left or one word to the right

End,, Home Jump to the end of a line or to the beginning of a line

Arrow Down, Arrow Up Jump one line down or one line up

Command + Arrow Down, Command + Arrow Up Jump one paragraph down or one paragraph up

Page Down, Page Up Jump one screen down or one screen up

Command + End, Command + Home Jump to the end of the document or to the beginning of the document

Command + Semicolon Move to next misspelling

Keyboard Shortcuts for Google Docs

2. Selecting Text

Shifft + Arrow Right, Shifft + Arrow Left Extend selection one character to the right or one character to the left

Command + Shifft + Arrow Right, Command + Shifft + Arrow Left Extend selection one word to the right or one word to the left

Shifft + End, Shifft + Home Extend selection to the end of the line or to the beginning of the line

Shifft + Arrow Down, Shifft + Arrow Up Extend selection one line down or one line up

Shifft + Page Down , Shifft + Page Up Extend selection one screen down or one screen up

Command + Shifft + End, Command + Shifft + Home Extend selection to the end of the document or to the beginning of the document

Command + a Extend selection to the entire document, also called “select all”

Keyboard Shortcuts for Google Docs

3. Formatting Text

Command + b Bold

Command + i Italics

Command + u Underline

Command + period Superscript

Command + comma Subscript

Command + Option + c Copy formatting

Command + Option + v Paste Formatting

Command + \ or Command + Space ) Clear formatting

Command + Option + zero Normal paragraph style

Command + Option + numbers 1 through 6 Header style 1 through 6

Command + Shifft + l Align left

Command + Shifft + “e” Align center

Command + Shifft + r Align right

Command + Shifft + j Margin justified

Command + Shifft + 7 Numbered list

Command + Shifft + 8 Bulleted list

Keyboard Shortcuts for Google Docs

4. Manage Google Docs

Option + Shifft + f Move focus to menu bar

Command + p Print

Command + s Save

Command + Shifft + f Compact controls

Shifft + right-click Show the browser’s right­-click menu

Shifft + Esc Chat

Keyboard Shortcuts for Google Docs

5. Edit Documents

Command + x Cut

Command + c Copy

Command + v Paste

Command + z Undo

Command + y Redo

Tab Increase paragraph indentation

Shifft + Tab Decrease paragraph indentation

Command + k Insert link

Command + Shifft + y Get definitions

Command + Option + f Insert footnote

Command + f Find

Command + Shifft + c Word count

Keyboard Shortcuts for Google Docs

6. Comment View

Command + Option + p Open comment view

Command + Option + m Insert comment

j Select next comment

k Select previous comment

“e” Resolve comment

Escape Move focus outside of input box

Shifft + Enter, or, Command + Enter Submit comment

Keyboard Shortcuts for Google Docs

7. Discussion View

j Select next discussion

k Select previous discussion

“e” Resolve discussion

Escape or U Close discussion view

Shifft + Enter, or, Command + Enter Submit discussion

This has been a production of The Stanton Media Lab.

Vocational education for the deaf, blind, and uniquely-abled.

More information is available at Stanton Media Lab Dot Com.

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