Gmail Keyboard Shortcuts: The Complete List – TechCloud

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.

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 Key Action
Compose and Chat
+ Focus main window
Focus latest chat or compose
+ . Advance to next chat or compose
+ , Advance to previous chat or compose
+ Send
+ + c Add cc recipients
+ + b Add bcc recipients
+ + f Access custom from
+ k Insert a link
+ ; Go to previous misspelled word
+ ‘ Go to next misspelled word
+ m Open spelling suggestions
Formatting
+ + 5 Previous font
+ + 6 Next font
+ + – Decrease text size
+ + + Increase text size
+ b Bold
+ i Italics
+ u Underline
+ + 7 Numbered list
+ + 8 Bulleted list
+ + 9 Quote
+ [ Indent less
+ ] Indent more
+ + l Align left
+ + e Align center
+ + r Align right
+ + , Set right-to-left
+ + . Set left-to-right
+ Remove formatting

Shortcuts that can be used after being enabled

Shortcut Key Action
Jumping
g then i Go to Inbox
g then s Go to Starred conversations
g then t Go to Sent messages
g then d Go to Drafts
g then a Go to All mail
g then c Go to Contacts
g then k Go to Tasks
g then l Go to Label
Threadlist selection
* then a Select all conversations
* then n Deselect all conversations
* then r Select read conversations
* then u Select unread conversations
* then s Select starred conversations
* then t Select unstarred conversations
Navigation
Back to threadlist
k / j Newer/older conversation
o or Open conversation; collapse/expand conversation
p / n Read previous/next message
Go to next inbox section
Go to previous inbox section
Application
Compose
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
Actions
Move focus to toolbar
Select conversation
Rotate superstar
Remove label
Archive
Mute conversation
Report as spam
Delete
Reply
+ r Reply in a new window
Reply all
+ a Reply all in a new window
f : Forward
+ f Forward in a new window
+ n Update conversation
] / [ Remove conversation from current view and go previous/next
} / { Archive conversation and go previous/next
z : Undo last action
+ i Mark as read
+ u Mark as unread
Mark unread from the selected message
+ or = Mark as important
Mark as not important
+ t Add 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.

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