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Gmail shortcut key

By on February 23, 2009

shortcut-keyGmail are provided with the full access/navigate the webmail using your keyboard shortcut key. The keyboard shortcuts actually help you to save time by allowing your hand just stick on your keyboard.


But in order to avoid to crash with your browser or system shortcut key, Gmail pre-define shortcut may be not so familiar for you. You need to remember your most common use key such as next/previous email, send email, delete email, reply email.


How to turn on the keyboard shortcuts?

  1. Login to your Gmail
  2. Click on setting on the top right corner
  3. Go to general
  4. Select the “Keyboard shortcuts on”
  5. Save the change


The following is the shortcut key that may be useful for you:


Shortcut Key Definition Action
c Compose Allows you to compose a new message. [Shift] + c allows you to compose a message in a new window.
/ Search Puts your cursor in the search box.
k Move to newer conversation Opens or moves your cursor to a more recent conversation. You can hit [Enter] to expand a conversation.
j Move to older conversation Opens or moves your cursor to the next oldest conversation. You can hit [Enter] to expand a conversation.
n Next message Moves your cursor to the next message. You can hit [Enter] to expand or collapse a message. (Only applicable in ‘Conversation View.’)
p Previous message Moves your cursor to the previous message. You can hit [Enter] to expand or collapse a message. (Only applicable in ‘Conversation View.’)
o or [Enter] Open Opens your conversation. Also expands or collapses a message if you are in ‘Conversation View.’
u Return to conversation list Refreshes your page and returns you to the inbox, or list of conversations.
e Archive Archive your conversation from any view.
m Mute Archives the conversation, and all future messages skip the Inbox unless sent or cc’d directly to you. Learn more.
x Select conversation Automatically 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 conversation Adds or removes a star to a message or conversation. Stars allow you to give a message or conversation a special status.
! Report spam Marks a message as spam and removes it from your conversation list.
r Reply Replies to the message sender. [Shift] + r allows you to reply to a message in a new window. (Only applicable in ‘Conversation View.’)
a Reply all Replies to all message recipients. [Shift] +a allows you to reply to all message recipients in a new window. (Only applicable in ‘Conversation View.’)
f Forward Forwards a message. [Shift] + f allows you to forward a message in a new window. (Only applicable in ‘Conversation View.’)
[Esc] Escape from input field Removes the cursor from your current input field.

[Ctrl] + s

Save draft

Saves the current text as a draft when composing a message. Hold the [Ctrl] key while pressing s and make sure your cursor is in one of the text fields — either the composition pane, or any of the To, CC, BCC, or Subject fields — when using this shortcut.

#

Delete

Moves the conversation to Trash.

l

Label

Opens the Labels menu to label a conversation.

v

Move to

Moves the conversation from the inbox to a different label, Spam or Trash.

[Shift] + i Mark as read Marks your message as ‘read’ and skip to the next message.
[Shift] + u Mark as unread Marks your message as ‘unread’ so you can go back to it later.
[ Archive and previous Archives your conversation and moves to the previous one.
] Archive and next Archives your conversation and moves to the next one.
z Undo Undoes your previous action, if possible (works for actions with an ‘undo’ link).
[Shift] + n Update current conversation Updates your current conversation when there are new messages.
q Move cursor to chat search Moves 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 actions Displays the ‘More Actions’ drop-down menu.
? Show keyboard shortcuts help Displays the keyboard shortcuts help menu within any page you’re on.



Combo-keys – Use the following combinations of keys to navigate through Gmail.

Shortcut Key Definition Action
[tab] then [Enter] Send message After composing your message, use this combination to send it automatically. (Supported in Internet Explorer and Firefox, on Windows.)
y then o Archive and next Archives 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 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 all Selects all mail.
* then n Select none Deselects all mail.
* then r Select read Selects all mail you’ve read.
* then u Select unread Selects all unread mail.
* then s Select starred Selects all starred mail.
* then t Select unstarred Selects all unstarred mail.


Click here for Google Mail (Gmail) shortcut key detail

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