This quick tutorial will show you how to create a Desktop shortcut that when double-clicked will open your web browser and take you directly to a “New Document” in Google Docs.
- To create a Google Docs shortcut, right click on desktop and select New and then Shortcut.
- Now, paste one of the following URLs (see list below) in the Type the location of the item: box. Then click Next to continue.
- Give the shortcut a name and click Finish.
- Now your newly created shortcut will appear on your Desktop.
- You can even assign a shortcut key to the shortcut. To do that, go to its properties by right-clicking it and selecting Properties
- Open the Web Document tab. There you will be able to see a shortcut field where you can type any shortcut you want to use.
- We’re not quite done yet as we still have change the icon to the shortcut (a little personalization is always nice!).
- To change the icon of the shortcut, right-click the icon and select Properties again.
- Go to the Web Document tab and click the Change Icon… button.
- Select the icon and click OK.
- That’s it – you’re done! You can create multiple shortcuts this way so you can quickly open a new Doc file, Spreadsheet file etc.
To launch Google Docs and open a new Document, enter: https://docs.google.com/?action=newdoc
To launch Google Docs and open a new Spreadsheet, enter: https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?new
To launch Google Docs and open a new Presentation, enter: https://docs.google.com/?action=new_presentation
To launch Google Docs and open a new Drawing, enter: https://docs.google.com/drawings/create?hl=en