More than 50+ Gmail Keyboard shortcuts

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.

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.

+

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)

!

Report spam

Marks a message as spam and removes it from your conversation list.

r

Reply

Replies to the message sender. <Shift> + rallows you to reply to a message in a new window. (Only applicable in ‘Conversation View.’)

a

Reply all

Replies to all message recipients. <Shift> +aallows 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

Removes the current view’s label from your conversation and moves to the previous one.

]

Archive and next

Removes the current view’s label from 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.

<Ctrl> + <Down arrow>

Opens options in Chat

  • <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

?

Show keyboard shortcuts help

Displays 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 contact

Moves your cursor up in your contact list

j

Move down a contact

Moves your cursor down in your contact list

o or <Enter>

Open

Opens the contact with the cursor next to it.

u

Return to contact list view

Refreshes your page and returns you to the contact list.

e

Remove from Current Group

Removes selected contacts from the group currently being displayed.

x

Select contact

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.

<Esc>

Escape from input field

Removes the cursor from the current input

#

Delete

Deletes a contact permanently

l

Group membership

Opens the groups button to group contacts

z

Undo

Reverses your previous action, if possible (works for actions with an ‘undo’ link)

.

Show more actions

Opens the "More actions" drop-down menu.

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 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 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.

 Source :- Keyboard Shortcuts

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