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Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Gmail Keyboard Shortcuts

If you receive a lot of messages in your Gmail account, you'll be more productive if you use keyboard shortcuts.

Keyboard shortcuts help you save time since you never have to take your hands off the keyboard to use the mouse. You'll need a Standard 101/102-Key or Natural PS/2 Keyboard to use the shortcuts.

To turn these case-sensitive shortcuts on or off, click Settings, and then pick an option next to Keyboard shortcuts. Screen reading technology may not be compatible with the following shortcuts.

  • c: Compose
    Allows you to compose a new message. + 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 to expand a conversation.

  • j: Move to older conversation
    Opens or moves your cursor to the next oldest conversation. You can hit to expand a conversation.

  • n: Next message
    Moves your cursor to the next message. You can hit to expand or collapse a message. (Only applicable in "Conversation View.")

  • p: Previous message
    Moves your cursor to the previous message. You can hit to expand or collapse a message. (Only applicable in "Conversation View.")

  • o or : 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.

  • y Archive*: 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 any label, 'y' means Remove the label

    * 'y' has no effect if you're in "Spam," "Sent," or "All Mail."

  • 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.

  • !: Report spam
    Marks a message as spam and removes it from your conversation list.

  • r: Reply
    Reply to the message sender. + r allows you to reply to a message in a new window. (Only applicable in "Conversation View.")

  • a: Reply all
    Reply to all message recipients. +a allows you to reply to all message recipients in a new window. (Only applicable in "Conversation View.")

  • f: Forward
    Forward a message. + f allows you to forward a message in a new window. (Only applicable in "Conversation View.")

  • : Escape from input field
    Removes the cursor from your current input field.

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