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Gmail Keyboard Shortcuts

Monday, April 4th, 2011 by | Filed Under: E-Mail Help, Shortcuts & Keyboard Tricks
 
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Nick from Westerville, OH asks:

Is there a list anywhere of all the keyboard shortcuts for Gmail?

Nick, thanks for the question. And, guess what? You asked this question just at the right time. Google just recently came out with the newest list of Gmail shortcuts. Gmail wants you to enable the keyboard shortcuts options before you can use them, though, and the following will show you how to do just that.

First, open up your Gmail. Look at your screen. At the very top right corner of your screen (below the toolbars, etc.), you will see your name and then a right afterwards. (I would have said that it was a flower or something like that but decided to show the picture due to the fact that it isn’t the technical term, and we wouldn’t want to mess with that. I digress.) Left click on the and a menu will drop down. You will see that there are two sets of Settings: Mail settings (which is at the very top of the drop-down menu), and Account settings. Left-click on Mail settings.

Gmail shortcut screenshot #1

After you click on Mail settings, at the top (under the Gmail search bar), you will see Settings, and under that, you will see twelve clickable links that are displayed horizontally across the page. The first link is General, the second one is Labels, the third one is Accounts and Imports, and so on. Left-click on General. Look down the list to the third choice, which is (surprisingly enough) keyboard shortcuts. Click on the button next to Keyboard shortcuts on.

Gmail shortcuts screenshot #2

Now we just have to save our changes. Go all the way to the bottom center of your page and you will see two dialog boxes: Save Changes and Cancel. Left-click on Save Changes.

Now that you’re good to go, maybe some (or all) of the keyboard shortcuts below will be nice to use.

Per Google: The Complete List of Gmail keyboard shortcuts.

c
ComposeAllows you to compose a new message. + c allows you to compose a message in a new window.
/
SearchPuts your cursor in the search box.
k
Move to newer conversationOpens or moves your cursor to a more recent conversation. You can hit to expand a conversation.
j
Move to older conversationOpens or moves your cursor to the next oldest conversation. You can hit to expand a conversation.
n
Next messageMoves your cursor to the next message. You can hit to expand or collapse a message. (Only applicable in ‘Conversation View.’)
p
Previous messageMoves your cursor to the previous message. You can hit to expand or collapse a message. (Only applicable in ‘Conversation View.’)
o or
OpenOpens your conversation. Also expands or collapses a message if you are in ‘Conversation View.’
u
Return to conversation listRefreshes your page and returns you to the inbox, or list of conversations.
e
ArchiveArchive your conversation from any view.
m
MuteArchives the conversation and all future messages skip the Inbox unless directly sent or cc’d directly to you.
x
Select conversationAutomatically checks and selects a conversation so that you can archive, apply a label, or choose an action from the drop-down menu to apply to that conversation.
s
Star a message or conversationAdds or removes a star to a message or conversation. Stars allow you to give a message or conversation a special status.
+
Mark as importantHelps Gmail learn what’s important to you by marking misclassified messages. (Specific to Priority Inbox)
-
Mark as unimportantHelps Gmail learn what’s not important to you by marking misclassified messages. (Specific to Priority Inbox)
!
Report spamMarks a message as spam and removes it from your conversation list.
r
ReplyReplies to the message sender. + r allows you to reply to a message in a new window. (Only applicable in ‘Conversation View.’)
a
Reply allReplies to all message recipients. +a allows you to reply to all message recipients in a new window. (Only applicable in ‘Conversation View.’)
f
ForwardForwards a message. + f allows you to forward a message in a new window. (Only applicable in ‘Conversation View.’)
Escape from input fieldRemoves the cursor from your current input field.
+ s
Saves the current text as a draft when composing a message. Hold the key while pressing s and make sure that your cursor is in one of the text fields, such as the To, From, CC, BCC or the Subject field when using this shortcut.
#
DeleteMoves the conversation to Trash.
l
LabelOpens the Labels menu to label a conversation.
v
Move toMoves the conversation from the inbox to a different label, Spam or Trash.
+ i
Mark as readMarks your message as ‘read’ and skip to the next message.
+ u
Mark as unreadMarks your message as ‘unread’ so you can go back to it later.
[
Archive and previousRemoves the current view's label from your conversation and moves to the previous one.
]
Archive and nextRemoves the current view’s label from your conversation and moves to the next one.
z
UndoUndoes your previous action, if possible (works for actions with an ‘undo’ link).
+ n
Update current conversationUpdates your current conversation when there are new messages.
q
Move cursor to chat searchMoves your cursor directly to the chat search box.
y
Remove from Current View*Automatically removes the message or conversation from your current view.
From ‘Inbox,’ ‘y’ means Archive
From ‘Starred,’ ‘y’ means Unstar
From ‘Trash,’ ‘y’ means Move to inbox
From any label, ‘y’ means Remove the label
* ‘y’ has no effect if you’re in ‘Spam,’ ‘Sent,’ or ‘All Mail.’
.
Show more actionsDisplays the ‘More Actions’ drop-down menu.
+
Opens options in Chat + moves from edit field in your chat window to select the ‘Video and more’ menu
Next, press to select the emoticon menu
Press to open the selected menu
?
Show keyboard shortcuts helpDisplays the keyboard shortcuts help menu within any page you’re on. (Note: Typing ? will display the help menu even if you don’t have keyboard shortcuts enabled)
k
Move up a contactMoves your cursor up in your contact list
j
Move down a contactMoves your cursor down in your contact list
o or
OpenOpens the contact with the cursor next to it.
u
Return to contact list viewRefreshes your page and returns you to the contact list.
e
Remove from Current GroupRemoves selected contacts from the group currently being displayed.
x
Select contactChecks and selects a contact so that you can change group membership or choose an action from the drop-down menu to apply to the contact.
Escape from input fieldRemoves the cursor from the current input
#
DeleteDeletes a contact permanently
l
Group membershipOpens the groups button to group contacts
z
UndoReverses your previous action, if possible (works for actions with an ‘undo’ link)
.
Show more actionsOpens the “More actions” drop-down menu.
Combo-keys – Use the following combinations of keys to navigate through Gmail.
Shortcut Key
DefinitionAction
then
Send messageAfter composing your message, use this combination to send it automatically. (Supported in Internet Explorer and Firefox, on Windows.)
y then o
Archive and nextArchives your conversation and moves to the next one.
g then a
Go to ‘All Mail’Takes you to ‘All Mail,’ the storage site for all mail you’ve ever sent or received (and have not deleted).
g then s
Go to ‘Starred’Takes you to all conversations you have starred.
g then c
Go to ‘Contacts’Takes you to your Contacts list.
g then d
Go to ‘Drafts’Takes you to all drafts you have saved.
g then l
Go to ‘Label’Takes you to the search box with the “label:” operator filled in for you.
g then i
Go to ‘Inbox’Returns you to the inbox.
g then t
Go to ‘Sent Mail’Takes you to all mail you’ve sent.
* then a
Select allSelects all mail.
* then n
Select noneDeselects all mail.
* then r
Select readSelects all mail you’ve read.
* then u
Select unreadSelects all unread mail.
* then s
Select starredSelects all starred mail.
* then t
Select unstarredSelects all unstarred mail

Have fun!

~ Lori Cline

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2 Responses to “Gmail Keyboard Shortcuts”

  1. Robert Wurzburg says:

    Does this tip require the Google Toolbar installed or will it work without it?

  2. Ron says:

    Oopsie.

    A couple more text has been interpretted as HTML rather than text and have been eaten:

    o or [open] in a couple of places
    [esc]
    [CTL]+S
    [shift]+i
    [shift]+u
    [shift]+n

    see a pattern …

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