I have gone through the Keyboard Shortcuts for Google Docs page — didn't find what I was looking for there — and have added the AutoControl Shortcut Manager extension to Chrome.
After a brief review of its framework, it appears to me that I will have to write a script that would execute the action of creating a new blank document.
Before I begin this process, I thought I would check if there is anything I have overlooked.

Is there a keyboard shortcut to create a blank document from the docs.google.com/document/u/0 webpage?

I searched the website and couldn't find anything specifically about creating a blank document.


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As stated in an earlier comment there is no such shortcut by default.
Having said that and reading your answer: "I can create a new document by typing docs.new in the address bar", I believe you will be happier with the following.

How to build a custom shortcut for creating a new Google file

Steps for Google Chrome (a very popular browser)

  1. Go to chrome://settings/searchEngines
  2. Click on the ADD button
  3. On the pop-up window fill in the field for Search engine (give it a friendly name that makes sense to you)
  4. For Keyword (choose any combination you want for your "shortcut". I chose =nd)
  5. and finally fill in the URL https://docs.google.com/document/create

Now every time you type in your browser's address bar =nd and hit ENTER a new Google Document will be created in your root Drive folder.

How to create a custom shortcut for a new Google file

Pro Notes

You can follow the above steps and also build custom shortcuts for Google Sheets, Forms, Slides

You can take it to the next level and even create your personal, customized "Templates" (as described in this post) and build shortcuts for those as well.
I have one (as shown in the bottom of my image) as =intd that I use for my invoices, with a URL like:

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I can create a new document by typing docs.new in the address bar. More information: the Google source.


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