Google Drive adds useful cut/copy/paste shortcuts

Google is updating Drive on the web with helpful keyboard shortcuts to make managing your files much simpler. Fortunately, the key bindings are pretty standard and align with modern file browsers, but they only work in the Chrome browser.

Instead of always having to use the context menu to perform actions on files, Ctrl + C (Mac: ⌘ + C), Ctrl + X, and Ctrl + V will work on drive.google.com.

As such, you can now Cut (Ctrl+X) and paste (Ctrl + X) to easily move files instead of dragging and dropping. In the meantime, Control + C in a document and then Ctrl + Shift + V while in a folder it will create a shortcut (marked by a curved arrow icon in the Drive list view).

Copying a file and glued in a Google Doc or Gmail will very conveniently give you a hyperlinked title.

Control + Enter quickly opens a highlighted file or folder in a new tab to let you “easily view multiple files at once, or use different tabs to more easily organize files between two different folder locations.”

This saves you time by letting you copy one or more files and move them to new locations in Drive and across multiple tabs, with fewer clicks.

This new set of Drive keyboard shortcuts only works in Google Chrome and will be rolling out starting today with full availability in the coming weeks. To this day, it is still not live. The full list is available here.

Available to all Google Workspace customers and users with personal Google accounts when using Google Chrome

Google today also rolled out the ability to make a copy of an encrypted document, sheet, or slide when client-side encryption is enabled for Workspace Enterprise Plus, Education Standard, and Education Plus users:

The encryption will be preserved when copies of the file are made. This feature makes it easy to leverage existing content as the basis for new encrypted documents, spreadsheets, or presentations.

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