How to use Gmail with keyboard shortcuts

If you haven't taken a look at what you can do in Gmail with your keyboard lately, you may want to check it out.

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Using Gmail with keyboard shortcuts can make your time working in Gmail more efficient by keeping your hands on the keyboard. Though Gmail keyboard shortcuts have been around a while, new ones have been added periodically, coinciding with enhancements and new features.

Here's a list of some of the most useful Gmail keyboard shortcuts you can use right now:

Actions and navigation
c : compose new message
r : reply
a : reply all
f : forward
Shift + r : reply in new window
Shift + a : reply all in new window
Shift + f : forward in a new window
e : archive
y : remove label
# : move to trash
! : report spam
+ : mark important
- : mark unimportant
/ : search
s : toggle star
z : undo last action
n : view next message
p : view previous message
? : show keyboard shortcuts

Jumping
g then i : go to inbox
g then t : go to sent messages
g then d : go to drafts
g then a : go to all mail
g then s : go to starred e-mail
g then l : go to label
g then c : go to contacts
g then k : go to tasks

E-mail selections
* then a : select all e-mail
* then n : deselect all e-mail
* then r : select read e-mail
* then u : select unread e-mail
* then s : select starred e-mail
* then t : select unstarred e-mail

For the full list of Gmail keyboard shortcuts, type ?, from within Gmail. If you haven't already enabled keyboard shortcuts, click on the "enable" link at the top of the pop-up keyboard shortcut list.

About the author

Ed Rhee, a freelance writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area, is an IT veteran turned stay-at-home-dad of two girls. He focuses on Android devices and applications while maintaining a review blog at techdadreview.com.

 

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