It is tiresome to open Google Drive in a browser and from there clicking "New document ...". So how do I find and store the URL for creating a new document so that I can put a shortcut on my desktop?
This is the URL (at the time of writing): https://docs.google.com/document/u/0/create?usp=docs_home
You can find it by monitoring the network traffic on docs.google.com when clicking the "New" button.
Edit: Having this URL you can obviously create a desktop shortcut or (as another respondent states), assuming you are running windows, a custom bat file starting a browser with the URL as an argument.
You can create a batch file (assuming you have windows).
- Create a new text document
- Rename the whole thing to "googleDocs.bat" - you can replace googleDocs with your own
- Edit the batch file with a right click and 'edit'
- Copy and paste this:
start "chrome.exe" "https://docs.google.com/document/u/0/create?usp=docs_home"
- Save it and viola!
How about installing Google Drive for PC? You can get it from that link, or by logging into Drive and clicking on the link in the screenshot below.
Once installed you it puts 4 icons on your desktop:
That way, if they ever change the URL (which they probably will!), your shortcut won't break.
Google has now added a beautifully concise shortcut for making a new doc. Make your shortcut point to:
(That’s so short you probably don’t even need a shortcut any more. Just type “doc.new” in your url bar.)
It also works for spreadsheets, slide decks, forms, and sites: