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When studying biology and mechanisms, it's very useful to take notes with arrows that illustrate a stepwise process: A --> B --> C and up/down arrows to denote increase/decrease. This is very straightforward in MS Word, as I just assign a key to the arrow symbols I need, but I would like to be able to do this in Google Docs so I can continue collaborating on my work.

I've come across Google's keyboard shortcuts for Docs, but I'm specifically looking for a custom keyboard shortcut, which I can't seem to find anywhere.

If this feature isn't available in Google Docs, is there a clipboard-type program that would give me the same result? I'm on OS X Mountain Lion.

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  • I fall on this question by searching "how to change keyboard shortcut in Google Docs" solutions aren't relevants ... – snoob dogg Mar 11 '18 at 18:17
  • I'm using userscript (works with a chrome extension). You could set shortcuts to highlight, change font colors, etc. See the option4 in webapps.stackexchange.com/a/85859/76816 – JinSnow Aug 23 '18 at 9:43
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nhinkle gives the germ of the answer.

Automatic Corrections

Automatic corrections for and are included as defaults. You just need to add your own for and . (Maybe |^ and |v?)

While editing a document,

  1. Select Preferences from the Tools drop-down menu.
  2. Either deselect the checkbox next to the word for which you'd like to disable text substitution, or press the "x" to the right of the word to delete the row.

automatic corrections screen shot

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    What if I want the shortcut to invoke something only available from the UI? For instance, I frequently want to switch to a different font and back. – Michael Sep 8 '18 at 16:02
  • @Michael: That's a separate question and you should post it as such. – ale Sep 8 '18 at 22:18
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In Google Docs, just typing --> and <-- will yield and without requiring any shortcuts.

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