I will be the first to admit to a strange addiction to shortcuts. Every time I sign up for a new services, whether it is Twitter or an app, I make sure I have their shortcuts page bookmarked until I learn it by heart. I have an entire folder dedicated to these pages, some of them used frequently and some no longer needed now that I have committed it all to memory.
Thankfully, this is a common addiction among internet users. Or it seems to be, with all of the cheatsheets that are floating around the web. Google shortcut cheatsheets are probably the most widely shared, which makes sense considering the online giant dominates the industry so fully. People would want to know the shortcuts for each Google service or tool, and these cheatsheets offer the information to keep on hand.
Google Search Cheatsheets
This is one of the handiest cheatsheets I have seen in a long time. It provides you with a rundown of how to properly search on Google. This includes how to narrow search results, look for very specific information, limit the time period results come from and more. You can even search within a specific site, and improve your chances of finding what you need that much more.
Google has a large list of operating codes, and most of them are unknown to the average user. You can do things you might not of realized, such as figuring out both basic and complex mathematical equations, translating phrases from foreign languages, converting currency and more. This is a complete guide to that list of operators, both for search and multipurpose use.
You might be surprised to learn that Google and Yahoo have a number of shortcuts in common. Learning the codes for one will usually allow you to effectively use the other. This cheatsheet works by showing you both the ones they have in common and the ways they differ, so you can have a single and convenient list for each search engine.
Whenever you need ideas for your next article, take a look at this cheatsheet and start searching!
Google Chrome, Reader and Calender Cheatsheets
Hongkiat is always a very useful website, with a lot of tools that can be used to make your online or technology use more efficient. This is a great and basic shortcut list for Google Reader, though it isn’t downloadable.
This is another cheatsheet for Google reader that can be saved as a PDF or printed out. It is shown as a keyboard, with each shortcut printed on the keys. The only downside is that it is a little bland and cramped. The positive is that it is all right in front of you without having to scroll.
There aren’t that many shortcuts for Google’s Calender feature, though that is probably due to it being such a simple service. It might be compatible with different scripts to customize it, but the actual service itself doesn’t have much to it. The small list of shortcuts are here, for navigation, actions and application.
Chrome is one of the most shortcut heavy services Google has to offer. So it isn’t one that you can easily learn all of the different keys for, and it is much better to keep a reference on hand. MakeUseOf put together a single page cheatsheet that has them all, so you can print it easily. Or just download it and have it on your desktop in PDF format.
Google Analytics Cheatsheets
Google Analytics is a complicated system that takes some time to get a handle on. Knowing how to use it more efficiently can really help. This isn’t about shortcuts, but rather how each element runs into another for a final result. You can easily chart the flow of the service, showing you how to best utilize the tool for your own use.
From the moment of setting up your first analytics account, to using it later on to track data and using tricks along the way, you can find it on this clear sheet. It just lists it all over the course of a few pages, all of which are worth printing out and hanging around your desk for easy access.
Google Docs and Gmail Cheatsheets
Gmail has a lab that lets you set your own shortcuts if you choose. But there are already some standard ones set up to use. They are all pretty simple, usually using the same keys that are used on other email clients. ‘C’ is compose, for example, and ‘N’ is next message.
This is a version of the list above set on a keyboard with highlighting to make it a little more easy to remember. The categories list green as navigate, yellow as command, orange as combo and gray as system.
Another one by MakeUseOf, they once again put all of the shortcuts for Google Docs in a single page format for easy printing to keep on hand. I was surprised to find out Docs had so many keys, as I had assumed it would be more like Calender.
If you would rather have a version to keep in your bookmarks, this is a better option for you, presented by Google Drive. It lists it all cleanly, and you can just scroll through. Everything is broken down into sections for quick reference.
Here is another one by Google Drive provided in the same way as the one above. It even has a little portion that tells you how to adapt it for Mac use, as Presentations has slightly different commands for the iOS than Windows.
Do you know of any Google cheatsheets that should be added to this list? Let us know in the comments!
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