Keyboard shortcuts help you save time by allowing you to never take your hands off the keyboard to use the mouse. To turn these case-sensitive shortcuts on or off, click Settings, and then pick an option next to Keyboard shortcuts. You can also enable shortcuts automatically by going to http://mail.google.com/mail/?kbd=1
|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
|j||Move to older conversation||Opens or moves your cursor
to the next oldest conversation. You can hit <Enter> to expand
|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. Learn more.
|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> + r
allows you to reply to a message in a new window. (Only applicable in ‘Conversation View.’)
|a||Reply all||Replies to all message recipients.
allows 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.
* ‘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||
|?||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.
|<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
|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.|