Before you can use these keyboard shortcuts, you’ll need to enable keyboard shortcuts in your settings:
Click the gear in the top right and select Settings.
Find the "Keyboard shortcuts" section and select Keyboard shortcuts on.
Click Save Changes at the bottom of the page.
Allows you to compose a new message. Shift + c allows you to compose a message in a new window.
Compose in a new tab
Opens a compose window in a new tab.
Puts your cursor in the search box.
Move to newer conversation
Opens or moves your cursor to a more recent conversation. You can hit Enter to expand a conversation.
Move to older conversation
Opens or moves your cursor to the next oldest conversation. You can hit Enter to expand a conversation.
In 'Conversation view', moves your cursor to the newer message. You can hitEnter to expand or collapse a message.
In 'Conversation view', moves your cursor to the older message. You can hit Enterto expand or collapse a message.
Go to next inbox section
If you use an inbox style with tabs or sections, you can quickly navigate to the next section.
Go to previous inbox section
If you use an inbox style with tabs or sections, you can quickly navigate to the previous section.
o or Enter
Opens your conversation. Also expands or collapses a message if you are in 'Conversation View.'
Return to conversation list
Refreshes your page and returns you to the inbox, or list of conversations.
Archive your conversation from any view.
Archives the conversation, and all future messages skip the Inbox unless sent or cc'd directly to you. Learn more.
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.
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.
Mark as important
Helps Gmail learn what's important to you by marking misclassified messages. (Specific to Priority Inbox)
Mark as unimportant
Helps Gmail learn what's not important to you by marking misclassified messages. (Specific to Priority Inbox)
Marks a message as spam and removes it from your conversation list.
Replies to the message sender. Shift + r allows you to reply to a message in a new window. (Only applicable in 'Conversation View.')
Replies to all message recipients. Shift + a allows you to reply to all message recipients in a new window. (Only applicable in 'Conversation View.')
Forwards a message. Shift + f allows you to forward a message in a new window. (Only applicable in 'Conversation View.')
Escape from input field
Removes the cursor from your current input field.
Ctrl + s
Mac: ⌘ + s
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.
Moves the conversation to Trash.
Opens the Labels menu to label a conversation.
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 a newer message.
Shift + u
Mark as unread
Marks your message as 'unread' so you can go back to it later.
Removes from current view and previous
Removes the current view's label from your conversation and moves to the older one.
Removes from current view and next
Removes the current view's label from your conversation and moves to the newer one.
Archive and previous
Archives the current conversation and moves to the older one.
Archive and next
Archives the current conversation and moves to the next one.
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.
Move cursor to chat search
Moves your cursor directly to the chat search box.
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.'
Ctrl/⌘ + Down arrow moves from edit field in your chat window to select the 'Video and more' menu
Next, press Tab to select the emoticon menu
Press Enter to open the selected menu
Move up a contact
Moves your cursor up in your contact list
Move down a contact
Moves your cursor down in your contact list
o or Enter
Opens the contact with the cursor next to it.
Return to contact list view
Refreshes your page and returns you to the contact list.
Remove from Current Group
Removes selected contacts from the group currently being displayed.
Checks 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 field
Removes the cursor from the current input
Deletes a contact permanently
Opens the groups button to group contacts
Reverses your previous action, if possible (works for actions with an 'undo' link)
Use the following combinations of keys to navigate through Gmail.
After composing your message, use this combination to send it.
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 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
Selects all mail.
* then n
Deselects all mail.
* then r
Selects all mail you've read.
* then u
Selects all unread mail.
* then s
Selects all starred mail.
* then t
Selects all unstarr
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