I am trying to use keyboard shortcuts in Google Docs with a German keyboard. In Google Docs keyboard shortcuts are made for American keyboards.

For example: "Increase Indent" needs Ctrl+].

On an American keyboard this is not a problem.

German keyboards don't have the ] as a key without pressing AltGr key at the same time. This messes up the shortcut and it doesn't work. Same for "Search the menus" (Alt+/).

Is there a way to change shortcuts or some workaround?

Here are my Google language settings:

Google Language Settings

Google Keyboard Settings

  • What's your language set to?
    – ale
    Jan 27, 2016 at 11:40
  • I use an English (UK) Windows 7, an English Chrome browser and have a German keyboard.
    – Johannes
    Jan 27, 2016 at 13:57
  • Do you have the keyboard setting in Region & Language control panel set to your keyboard layout?
    – user3169
    Jan 28, 2016 at 5:56
  • @user3169 : yes keyboard layout is set correctly
    – Johannes
    Jan 28, 2016 at 8:48
  • Have you tried to log in from www.google.de? With some luck it might think you are in Germany.
    – user3169
    Jan 28, 2016 at 17:34

2 Answers 2


the trick is to not use actual keys for [ & ] but intended ones:

  • Strg + Ü
  • Strg + *

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for Alt + / use:

  • Alt + _

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  • Hey, do you know how can I get the shortcut in German style? Aug 10, 2022 at 14:22

On a German keyboard you can use Tab to increase and Shift+Tab to decrease indent.

This works for me on a German system with Win 10 and Chrome.

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