Gmail Keyboard Shortcuts: The Complete List

Are you aware of the numerous Gmail keyboard shortcuts that can make your life easier? If your answer is No, then you are not alone. I haven’t yet come across any keyboard shortcuts for Gmail and always assumed that it doesn’t have any.

I did a little digging, only to realize that there are in fact a lot of keyboard shortcuts that can improve your productivity and save you a lot of time.

Now, there are a few shortcuts in Gmail that are enabled by default and can be used immediately. A few other keyboard shortcuts have to be enabled before you can use them. To enable the additional keyboard shortcuts, click on the cog icon at the top right of Gmail and select Settings. Scroll down to ‘Keyboard shortcuts’, select ‘Keyboard shortcuts on’, then click Save Changes at the bottom of the page.

Gmail Keyboard Shortcuts

To quickly see a list of keyboard shortcuts in Gmail, press Shift + ?. The shortcuts appear as an inbox overlay that you can dismiss by pressing Esc

Complete list of Gmail keyboard shortcuts

Shortcuts that are auto-enabled

Shortcut KeyAction
Compose and Chat
+Focus main window
 Focus latest chat or compose
+ .Advance to next chat or compose
+ ,Advance to previous chat or compose
+ + cAdd cc recipients
+ + bAdd bcc recipients
+ + fAccess custom from
+ kInsert a link
+ ;Go to previous misspelled word
+ ‘Go to next misspelled word
+ mOpen spelling suggestions
+ + 5Previous font
+ + 6Next font
+ + –Decrease text size
+ + +Increase text size
+ bBold
+ iItalics
+ uUnderline
+ + 7Numbered list
+ + 8Bulleted list
+ + 9Quote
+ [Indent less
+ ]Indent more
+ + lAlign left
+ + eAlign center
+ + rAlign right
+ + ,Set right-to-left
+ + .Set left-to-right
+Remove formatting

Shortcuts that can be used after being enabled

Shortcut KeyAction
g then iGo to Inbox
g then sGo to Starred conversations
g then tGo to Sent messages
g then dGo to Drafts
g then aGo to All mail
g then cGo to Contacts
g then kGo to Tasks
g then lGo to Label
Threadlist selection
* then aSelect all conversations
* then nDeselect all conversations
* then rSelect read conversations
* then uSelect unread conversations
* then sSelect starred conversations
* then tSelect unstarred conversations
 Back to threadlist
k / jNewer/older conversation
o orOpen conversation; collapse/expand conversation
p / nRead previous/next message
 Go to next inbox section
 Go to previous inbox section
 Compose in a tab (new compose only)
 Search mail
 Search chat contacts
 Open “more actions” menu
 Open “move to” menu
 Open “label as” menu
 Open keyboard shortcut help
 Move focus to toolbar
 Select conversation
 Rotate superstar
 Remove label
 Mute conversation
 Report as spam
+ rReply in a new window
 Reply all
+ aReply all in a new window
f :Forward
+ fForward in a new window
+ nUpdate conversation
] / [Remove conversation from current view and go previous/next
} / {Archive conversation and go previous/next
z :Undo last action
+ iMark as read
+ uMark as unread
 Mark unread from the selected message
+ or =Mark as important
Mark as not important
+ tAdd conversation to Tasks

Do try out the Gmail keyboard shortcuts and don’t forget to share this with your friends if you found it useful.