Gmail Keyboard Shortcuts

Gmail Keyboard Shortcuts – 2016

Gmail Keyboard Shortcuts also called access keys, shortcut keys, key combinations) are the fastest way to perform specific actions in your Computer. A simple combination of keys help you save time by allowing you to never take your hands off the keyboard to use the mouse or the trackpad. For instance, simply pressing Ctrl+Enter (⌘ + Enter in Mac) can send a composed email. You can figure the difference and the ease of using the shortcut key to clicking the “send” button.
gmail keyboard shortcutsThere are some basic keyboard shortcuts that are automatically enabled in your inbox, and others that need to be enabled manually. And, to be able to use the shortcut keys, you’ll need a Standard 101/102-Key or a Natural PS/2 Keyboard.

Here are the Gmail keyboard shortcuts, which are enabled by default.

Shortcut KeyAction
nNext message
pPrevious message
EnterOpen or collapse message
EscFocus latest chat or compose window
Shift + EscFocus main window
Ctrl + .
Mac: ⌘ + .
Go to next chat or compose window
Ctrl + ,
Mac: ⌘ + ,
Go to previous chat or compose window
Ctrl + Enter
Mac: ⌘ + Enter
Send Your Message
Ctrl + Shift + f
Mac: ⌘ + Shift + f
Change “from” address
Ctrl + Shift + c
Mac: ⌘ + Shift + c
Add Cc recipients
Ctrl + Shift + b
Mac: ⌘ + Shift + b
Add Bcc recipients

How to enable optional Gmail keyboard shortcuts?

Follow these simple steps to turn on the Keyboard shortcuts that are not already enabled:

  1. Go to Gmail sign in page (gmail.com) from your web browser, or click here.
  2. Use your Gmail account ID and Password to sign in to your Gmail account.
  3. Click the gear icon at the top-right corner of your Gmail page.
  4. Select Settings
  5. Find the Keyboard shortcuts section and select Keyboard shortcuts on 
  6. Finally, click Save Changes to enable Gmail keyboard shortcuts.

Here’s a list of optional Gmail Keyboard Shortcuts that can come in handy

Shortcut KeyActionShortcut KeyAction
/Search your emailShift + 3Delete
cCompose an emailShift + 1Report as spam
eArchive an emailShift + iMark as read
jMove down through your inboxShift + uMark as unread
kMove up through your inboxShift + rReply in a new window
lLabel an emailg then iGo to Inbox
qOpen the chat boxg then sGo to Starred conversations
vMove an email to a folderg then tGo to Sent messages
xSelect an emailg then dGo to Drafts
zUndo last actiong then cGo to Contacts

A complete list of shortcuts can be accessed by pressing Shift + ? in Gmail. The Gmail keyboard shortcuts appear as an Inbox overlay that you can dismiss by pressing Esc.gmail_keyboard_shortcut

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