Gmail Keyboard Shortcuts

Gmail Keyboard Shortcuts

Jhaura Wachsman
Jhaura Wachsman

Keyboard shortcuts are a great way to work faster and more efficiently. Email is an aspect of your workflow that can return dividends if you take the time to master the common actions. Gmail, one of the most popular email clients, has a plethora of keyboard shortcuts that can help you get more out your daily correspondence.

The quick reference resources provided below will help you memorize the shortcuts related the actions you typically use a mouse or trackpad to perform. Once you commit a few shortcuts to memory, you will begin to see a transformation in your workflow.

Tip: Try and intercept the habit of reaching for your mouse or trackpad, and instead perform the action using a keyboard shortcut.

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Gmail Keyboard Shortcuts

Application

ActionShortcut
Composec
Compose in a new tabd
Search mail/
Search chat contactsg
Open "more actions" menu.
Open "move to" menuv
Open "label as" menul
Open keyboard shortcut help?

Compose, Chat

ActionShortcut
Previous message in an open conversationp
Next message in an open conversationn
Focus main windowShift + Esc
Focus latest chat or composeEsc
Advance to the next chat or composeCtrl + .
Advance to previous chat or composeCtrl + ,
Send⌘/Ctrl + Enter
Add cc recipients⌘/Ctrl + Shift + c
Add bcc recipients⌘/Ctrl + Shift + b
Access custom from⌘/Ctrl + Shift + f
Insert a link⌘/Ctrl + k
Go to next misspelled word (Mac only)⌘ + ;
Open spelling suggestions⌘/Ctrl + m

Actions

ActionShortcut
Move focus to toolbar,
Select conversationx
Toggle star/rotate among superstarss
Archivee
Mute conversationm
Report as spam!
Delete#
Replyr
Reply in a new windowShift + r
Reply alla
Reply all in a new windowShift + a
Forwardf
Forward in a new windowShift + f
Update conversationShift + n
Archive conversation and go previous/next] or [
Undo last actionz
Mark as readShift + i
Mark as unreadShift + u
Mark unread from the selected message_
Mark as important+ or =
Mark as not important-
Snoozeb
Expand entire conversation;
Collapse entire conversation:
Add conversation to TasksShift + t

Jumping

ActionShortcut
Go to Inboxg + i
Go to Starred conversationsg + s
Go to Snoozed conversationsg + b
Go to Sent messagesg + t
Go to Draftsg + d
Go to All mailg + a
Switch between the sidebar and your inbox⌘/Ctrl + Alt + ,
⌘/Ctrl + Alt + .
Go to Tasksg + k
Go to labelg + l

Navigation

ActionShortcut
Go to next pageg + n
Go to previous pageg + p
Back to threadlistu
Newer conversationk
Older conversationj
Open conversationo or Enter
Go to next Inbox section`
Go to previous Inbox section~

Threadlist Selection

ActionShortcut
Select all conversations* + a
Deselect all conversations* + n
Select read conversations* + r
Select unread conversations* + u
Select starred conversations* + s
Select unstarred conversations* + t

Formatting Text

ActionShortcut
Previous font⌘/Ctrl + Shift + 5
Next font⌘/Ctrl + Shift + 6
Decrease text size⌘/Ctrl + Shift + -
Increase text size⌘/Ctrl + Shift and +
Bold⌘/Ctrl + b
Italics⌘/Ctrl + i
Underline⌘/Ctrl + u
Numbered list⌘/Ctrl + Shift + 7
Bulleted list⌘/Ctrl + Shift + 8
Quote⌘/Ctrl + Shift + 9
Indent less⌘/Ctrl + [
Indent more⌘/Ctrl + ]
Align left⌘/Ctrl + Shift + l
Align center⌘/Ctrl + Shift + e
Align right⌘/Ctrl + Shift + r
Remove formatting⌘/Ctrl + \

Hangouts

ActionShortcut
Show menuh + m
Show archived hangoutsh + a
Show Hangout requestsh + i
Focus on the conversation listh + c
Open phoneh + p