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Is it possible to bookmark a link that, when chosen, will automatically open up new document (a word processing document in this case) in Google Documents even if I don't have GD open at the time? Having such a link would be a bit of timesaver for me.

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You can indeed. Looking at the HTTP traffic, when you click the button to create a new document, it goes to https://docs.google.com/document/create first. I've checked and you can hit this page directly and it will do just what you want.

As noted by Ava, you can also use:

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    It's 2014 and this link still works.
    – Omar Tariq
    Commented Mar 14, 2014 at 18:04
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    To automatically open a new document in a specific folder, you can also append a url parameter for ?folder=<FOLDER_ID>. (You can get the <FOLDER_ID> by noting the URL after navigating to the folder in Google Drive: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/<FOLDER_ID>.) Commented Jan 11, 2016 at 22:43
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    @OmarTariq they still do in 2018! Commented Jul 1, 2018 at 16:29
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    There's now a super-memorable shortened link: docs.new (also, sheets.new, slides.new, others).
    – Kevin
    Commented Dec 3, 2018 at 22:25
  • @AlexP.Miller Thank you so much! The https://docs.google.com/document/create?folder=1d4AX96kMR34J0iNGABrrNg8 format is exactly what I was looking for!
    – Ryan
    Commented Sep 30, 2021 at 18:04
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What Rebecca said in her answer seems to work. Also, these would be the links to spreadsheets and presentations:

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From: Create and rename documents, spreadsheets, and presentations - Docs editors Help

You can also create new documents, spreadsheets, and presentations straight from the following URLs:

Docs: docs.google.com/create, google.com/docs/create
Sheets: sheets.google.com/create, google.com/sheets/create
Slides: slides.google.com/create, google.com/slides/create

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As far as I can see there is no easy way of doing so. When you create a new document, the window that opens already has the document ID in its URL, so this means the ID must be created and stored by Google Docs before you can actually start editing.

So I would say, no, it is not possible, because you would have to have an ID in the document editor.

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I threw the files necessary to do this properly into a github repo if anyone wants to use it! https://github.com/kyletns/quick-docs

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