Google Docs has keyboard shortcuts for right arrow (→) as well as left arrow (←). I was wondering is there any keyboard shortcut for up (↑) and down (↓) arrows. I found that I could press Ctrl+/ for a list of shortcuts, but to my surprise I did not see the up and down arrow not mentioned there.

Please share if someone knows the shortcut or any method to assign some shortcut to the above keys.

2 Answers 2


If your computer has a number pad, you could use an Alt Code shortcut. Here's a list of relevant alt codes via Useful Shortcuts.

  • ↑: Alt+24
  • ↓: Alt+25
  • →: Alt+26
  • ←: Alt+27

How To Use Alt Code Characters

  1. Make sure that you switch on the Number Lock on your keyboard.
  2. Hold down the ALT key (left alt key).
  3. And type the number of which alt code you want to get.


  • Sorry, this might be out of the domain of the question. But it doesn't work on Linux machines
    – Jay Chakra
    May 6, 2017 at 18:58
  • 1
    Anyways I have found the solution using Unicode ↑ can be generated by ctrl+shift+u then 2191 and ↓ can be generated by ctrl+shift+u then 2193
    – Jay Chakra
    May 6, 2017 at 19:06
  • @JayChakra if that was the solution that worked for you, post it as an answer! Self answering questions is not only allowed, but encouraged.
    – Stevoisiak
    May 6, 2017 at 19:07
  • As suggested I have answered my question. Thanks for the encouragement
    – Jay Chakra
    May 9, 2017 at 16:39
  • Note you have to click into a cell in google sheets for this to work (i.e. double click so you see the flashing line indicating you can start typing into the cell). If you are just arrowing between cells, hitting the Alt codes will not start entering the special characters into the cell.
    – user34612
    May 23, 2021 at 22:47

Okey after googling a lot a found a solution using Unicode. This worked on my Linux system but I cannot guarantee that it will work on others, but I think hopefully it will work

↑: ctrl+shift+u then 2191

↓: ctrl+shift+u then 2193

A list of Unicode symbol can be found here for reference

I have got even a simpler method if you use it more often. Click on Tools → Preferences then add your custom shortcut.

enter image description here

  • 1
    What site did you get these shortcuts from? You may want to link it as a source.
    – Stevoisiak
    May 9, 2017 at 17:57
  • These are defaults I think @Stevoisiak. Also, note that it's a double dash followed by a > for the arrow. - - >
    – Ambareesh
    Nov 8, 2023 at 22:46

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.