Gmail Keyboard Shortcuts: List of New Gmail Keyboard Commands

Key board shortcut keys are combination of finite one or more keys that trigger events or commands on software or operating system. These are defined to make the task on computing system easier and faster. Usually Keyboard shortcuts are collection of alt, shift, +, alphabets, ctrl, and delete. As we all have seen that various Softwares are operated by some definite sequence of Keystrokes such as in Microsoft office word we have seen ctrl + c mean copy , ctrl + v mean paste similar to this many other Softwares have different shortcut keys. This post present you various shortcuts keys for Gmail.

Gmail is the mail handling service provided by Google that is used by millions of users .With help of Gmail you can even chat, draft the mail, categorize the mail such as read, unread, spam, important or not important. To maximize the usability of various Gmail keyboard shortcut Keys are defined. Many shortcut keys are by-default enabled and some have to be enabled. Let explore various Keyboard shortcuts keys or the combination of shortcut keys to use Gmail at fingertips.

By-default enabled list of Gmail Keyboard shortcuts keys

These shortcut keys are for navigation purpose mean to move to new message box, new conversation, or mail (inbox, outbox, draft or sent mail).

Here is the list of some shortcut keys to move to different mail and read them.

Using Arrow keys

Use Arrow key to read messages and compose the message by moving cursor to conversation, label and compose button.

Using n and p

Use n (next) and p (previous) to read next and previous conversation. Clicks enter to widen and collapse the message.

Let’s see the Shortcuts key for navigation at compose windows and open chat

S.No.Shortcut KeyDefinitionAction
1Ctrl + Enter
Mac: ⌘ + Enter
Sending messageAfter composing message, use this combination of keyboard shortcut key to send the message
2Ctrl + .
Mac: ⌘ + .
Navigating to next windowUse this combination of Gmail Keyboard shortcut key to jump to next chat,compose window or new window.
3Ctrl + ,
Mac: ⌘ + ,
Going to Previous windowUse this combination Keyboard shortcut key to go to the previous window.
4Ctrl + Shift + c
Mac: ⌘ + Shift + c
Adding Cc recipientsUse this combination Keyboard shortcut keys to add Cc recipients
5Ctrl + Shift + b
Mac: ⌘ + Shift + b
Adding Bcc recipientsUse this combination of Gmail Keyboard shortcut keys to add Bcc recipients

Manual Enabled List of keyboard shortcuts keys

Some shortcut keys are needed to be enabled before use. Follow the steps to enable shortcuts keys

  • Go to gear icon gear iconand click; then select the setting.
  • Go to Keyboard shortcuts section and select Keyboard shortcuts on.
  • At the last clicks save changes.

Now keyboards shortcuts keys are enabled. Follow the below given list of shortcut keys to use Gmail more effectively.

S.No.Shortcut KeyDefinitionAction
1ccomposing new messageUse this keyboard shortcut key to compose the message,Press shift+c to open new message box in new window.
2dcomposing new message in new tabUse this keyboard shortcut key to compose the message in new tab.
3/SearchingUse this keyboard shortcut key to put cursor in search box
4knavigating to new conversationUse this Gmail keyboard shortcut key to move to new conversation.Press Enter to expand conversation box.
5jNavigating to older conversationuse this Keyboard  shortcut key to move to older conversation.Press Enter to expand conversation box.
6nDirecting to  newer messageUse this Keyboard shortcut key to moves your cursor to new message in conversation view. Press Enter to expand/collapse message.
7pDirecting to previous messageUse this Keyboard shortcut key to moves cursor to previous message in conversation view. Press Enter to expand/collapse message.
8`Directing to next inbox sectionUse this Keyboard shortcut key to quickly navigate to the next section in Inbox style with tabs and section
9~Directing to previous inbox sectionUse this Keyboard shortcut key to quickly navigate to the next section in Inbox style with tabs and section
10o or EnterOpening conversationuse this Gmail keyboard shortcut key to Opens conversation. Expands/ collapses a message in ‘Conversation View.’
11uReturning to conversation listuse this Keyboard shortcut key to refreshes  page and returns  to the inbox, or list of conversations.
12eArchivingUse this Keyboard shortcut key to Archives conversation from any view.
13mMuting future messagesUse this Keyboard shortcut key to Archives the conversation, and all future messages skip the Inbox unless sent or cc’d directly
14xSelecting conversationUse this Keyboard shortcut key to checks/selects  conversation to archive, label, apply action in drop-down menu to conversation.
15sMarking star to message/conversationUse this Keyboard shortcut key to Adds/removes  star to  message or conversation. Star signify special status.
16+Marking important statusUse this Gmail keyboard shortcut key to aware Gmail about what message is important.
17Marking  unimportant statusUse this Keyboard shortcut key to aware  Gmail about what’s not important message.
18!Reporting spamUse this Keyboard shortcut key to marks a message as spam and removes it from  conversation list.
19rReplying to senderUse this Keyboard shortcut key to replies to message sender. Shift+r  allows reply to a message in a new window. ( applicable in ‘Conversation View.’)
20aReplying to all recipientsUse this Keyboard shortcut key to replies to all message  recipients.  Shift + a allows to reply to all message recipients in a new window. (applicable in ‘Conversation View.’)
21fForwarding the messageUse this Gmail keyboard shortcut key to forwards a message. Shift + f allows  to forward a message in a new window. (Only applicable in ‘Conversation View.’)
22EscEscaping  from input fieldUse this Keyboard shortcut key to removes the cursor from current input field.
23Ctrl + s
Mac: ⌘ +s
Saving  draftUse this Gmail keyboard shortcut key combination to saves the current text as a draft when composing a message while using this cursor should be in composition,to,Cc, Bcc or subject.
24#Deleting the conversationUse this Keyboard shortcut key to moves the conversation to Trash.
25lLabelling a conversationUse this Keyboard shortcut key to opens the Labels menu to label a conversation.
26vShiftingUse this Keyboard shortcut key to moves the conversation from the inbox to a different label, Spam or Trash.
27Shift + iMarking as readUse this Keyboard shortcut key to marks your message as ‘read’ and skip to a newer message.
28Shift + uMarking as unreadUse this Keyboard shortcut key to marks  message as ‘unread’ .
29[Removing  label from current view and previoususe this Keyboard shortcut key to removes the current view’s label from  conversation and moves to the older one.
30]Removing label from current view and nextuse this  Keyboard shortcut key to removes the current view’s label from  conversation and moves to the newer one.
31{Archiving  and moving to older oneUse this Keyboard shortcut key to archives the current conversation and moves to the older one.
32}Archiving  and moving to next oneUse this Keyboard shortcut key to archives the current conversation and moves to the next one.
33zUndoingUse this Keyboard shortcut key to undoes previous action, if possible (works for actions with an ‘undo’ link).
34Shift + nUpdating  current conversationUse this Keyboard shortcut key to updates  current conversation when there are new messages.
35qMoving cursor to chat searchUse this Keyboard shortcut key to moves cursor directly to the chat search box.
36yRemoving from Current View*Use this Keyboard shortcut key to 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’
37.Showing  more actionsUse this Keyboard shortcut key to displays the ‘More Actions’ drop-down menu.
38,Moving cursor to the first button in Gmail toolbaruse this shortcut key to displays the ‘More Actions’ drop-down menu.
39Ctrl +Down arrow
Mac: ⌘ + Down arrow
Opening options in Chatuse Ctrl/⌘ + Down arrow to  moves from edit field in chat window to select the ‘Video and more’ menu
Next, press Tab to select the emoticon menu
Press Enter to open the selected menu
40kMoving up a contactuse this Gmail keyboard shortcut key to moves your cursor up in your contact list
41jMoving  down a contactUse this Keyboard shortcut key Moves your cursor down in your contact list
42o or EnterOpening contactUse this Keyboard shortcut key to opens the contact with the cursor next to it.
43uReturning to contact list viewUse this Keyboard shortcut key to refreshes  page and returns to the contact list.
44eRemoving from Current GroupUse this Keyboard shortcut key to removes selected contacts from the group currently being displayed.
45xSelecting  contacts Use this Keyboard shortcut key to checks and selects a contact to change group membership or choose an action from the drop-down menu to apply to the contact.
46EscEscaping from input fieldUse this Keyboard shortcut key to  removes the cursor from the current input
47#Deleting the contactsUse this Keyboard shortcut key to deletes a contact permanently
48lopening Group membershipUse this Keyboard shortcut key to opens the groups button to group contacts
49zUndoing  previousUse this Keyboard shortcut key to  reverses your previous action, if possible (works for actions with an ‘undo’ link)

List of Some Dual Keys to Navigate in Gmail

S.No.Shortcut KeyDefinitionAction
1Tab then EnterSending messageAfter composing message, Use this combination of Gmail keyboard shortcut keys to send.
2y then oArchiving and shifting nextUse this combination keyboard shortcut keys to archives conversation and moves to the next one.
3g then aMoving to ‘All Mail’Use this combination keyboard shortcut keys to move to ‘All Mail,’ the storage site for all mail sent or received and un-deleted.
4g then sGoing to ‘Starred’Use this combination keyboard shortcut keys to view  starred conversation.
5g then cMoving to ‘Contacts’Use this combination keyboard shortcut keys to view  Contacts list.
6g then dMoving to ‘Drafts’Use this combination Keyboard shortcut keys to see all saved drafts .
7g then lGoing to ‘Label’Use this combination keyboard shortcut keys to view  the search box with the “label:” operator
8g then iMoving to ‘Inbox’Use this combination keyboard shortcut keys to returns to the inbox.
9g then tGoing to ‘Sent Mail’Use this combination Gmail keyboard shortcut keys to sent    mail.
10* then aSelecting allUse this combination keyboard shortcut keys to selects all mail.
11* then nSelecting noneUse this combination keyboard shortcut keys deselects all mail.
12* then rSelecting read mailsUse this combination keyboard shortcut keys to selects all read mail.
13* then uSelecting unread mailsUse this combination keyboard shortcut keys to selects all unread mail.
14* then sSelecting starredUse this combination keyboard shortcut keys to selects all starred mail.
15* then tSelecting un-starredUse this combination Gmail keyboard shortcut keys to selects all un-starred mail.

Gmail Keyboard Shortcut Keys Infographic

(via Visual.ly)

Conclusion

Hope that you explore all Gmail keyboard shortcuts keys. Now don’t way and started enjoy using Gmail with help of Shortcuts keys. If you find error in any key’s description please share with us through comment section given below. For getting more Gmail shortcuts keys such as to do content formatting, adding signature and much more go to Help option given at Gmail. Next post we will come up with some brand new concept, technology and much more. Please be connected for our future updates.

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