Google Docs Equation Editor
Unofficial Shortcuts List / Cheat Sheet

If you ever found yourself trying to figure out shortcuts while using the Google Docs equation editor, this page might be helpful.

The Google Docs equation editor is based on the LaTeX syntax, but LaTeX is much more complex, so if you aren't familiar with LaTeX, it isn't exactly easy to try and find working shortcuts.

I made this page when I discovered that the shortcuts are actually in the editor code (as an aria-label attribute on the buttons themselves), but aren't really available in an easy-to-search manner as far as I could find. I am not in any way affiliated with Google.

Greek letters

Element Shortcut
 
\alpha
 
\beta
 
\gamma
 
\delta
 
\epsilon
 
\varepsilon
 
\zeta
 
\eta
 
\theta
 
\vartheta
 
\iota
 
\kappa
 
\lambda
 
\mu
 
\nu
 
\xi
 
\pi
 
\varpi
 
\rho
 
\varrho
 
\sigma
 
\varsigma
 
\tau
 
\upsilon
 
\phi
 
\varphi
 
\chi
 
\psi
 
\omega
 
\Gamma
 
\Delta
 
\Theta
 
\Lambda
 
\Xi
 
\Pi
 
\Sigma
 
\Upsilon
 
\Phi
 
\Psi
 
\Omega

Miscellaneous operations

Element Shortcut
 
\times
 
\div
 
\cdot
 
\pm
 
\mp
 
\ast
 
\star
 
\circ
 
\bullet
 
\oplus
 
\ominus
 
\oslash
 
\otimes
 
\odot
 
\dagger
 
\ddagger
 
\vee
 
\wedge
 
\cap
 
\cup
 
\aleph
 
\Re
 
\Im
 
\top
 
\bot
 
\infty
 
\partial
 
\forall
 
\exists
 
\neg
 
\triangle
 
\diamond

Relations

Element Shortcut
 
\leq
 
\geq
 
\prec
 
\succ
 
\preceq
 
\succeq
 
\ll
 
\gg
 
\equiv
 
\sim
 
\simeq
 
\asymp
 
\approx
 
\ne
 
\subset
 
\supset
 
\subseteq
 
\supseteq
 
\in
 
\ni
 
\notin

Maths operations

Element Shortcut
 
\frac
 
\sqrt
 
\rootof
 
\subsuperscript
 
\subscript or _
 
\superscript or ^
 
\overline
 
\widehat
 
\bigcapab
 
\bigcupab
 
\prodab
 
\coprodab
 
\rbracelr
 
\sbracelr
 
\bracelr
 
\abs
 
\intab
 
\ointab
 
\sumab
 
\limab

Arrows

Element Shortcut
 
\leftarrow
 
\rightarrow
 
\leftrightarrow
 
\Leftarrow
 
\Rightarrow
 
\Leftrightarrow
 
\uparrow
 
\downarrow
 
\updownarrow
 
\Uparrow
 
\Downarrow
 
\Updownarrow

Unlisted

Those aren't in the menus, but they work! If anything is missing, feel free to contribute on GitHub.

Element Shortcut
Binomial distribution \choose
Maximum \max
Minimum \min
Logarithm \log
Natural logarithm \ln
Exponent \exp