Google Docs has started to allow users to test out the new look that integrates the user interface with the rest of the redesigned Google websites. More padding to given to the document list and a move towards the new Google color scheme of grey text and orange highlights for the buttons.
To activate the new look click on ‘Try the new look’ near the gear icon in the top-left of the screen. Google staff said that the new look would be rolled out to “users over the next few days”.
The redesign will also include keyboard shortcuts which will make it possible to browse the Google Docs interface without a mouse. Pressing the question mark key will bring up and list of the new shortcuts including Shift+t to start a new text document, this changes for the starting letter of each file-type, for example a presentation is Shift+p.
Google has also started a feedback form for submitting comments. The dense view can decrease the padding by clicking on the gear icon then selecting document settings.