“I’m always doing some terrible workaround to try to get to Docs quickly,” our Senior Technology Editor Jake Peterson told me this morning. “It’s never quick.” But science has now accomplished what we all thought was impossible: an actually fast, simple way to open a blank Google document when you need one. And best of all, there are matching hacks for getting a blank spreadsheet, starting a video meeting, and more.
All you have to do is type “docs.new” to get a new Google doc. This works in any browser, since “.new” is equivalent to “.com” — basically, there are a bunch of top-level domains that each point to a page that lets you start a new file or project. Try these:
- docs.new to open a blank Google Doc document
- sheets.new to open a blank Google Sheets spreadsheet
- meet.new to start a video meeting with yourself in Google Meet (it provides a link you can copy to invite other participants)
- cal.new to create an event in your Google calendar
- form.new to create a new Google Form
- slides.new to create a new slideshow in Google Slides
The document (or sheet, or meeting) will open in your currently logged-in Google account. If you’re logged in to multiple accounts, you can use a number to choose the account: docs.new/3 will open a new document in your third account. Confusingly, this is the same account that will appear with “/u/2” in the URL for a regular Google Docs page, since those start counting from zero. But once you figure out which is which, you can create a bookmark in your browser for whichever shortcut you’d like even easier access to.
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