100+ Gmail Keyboard Shortcuts That Save Me 60 Hours Per Year

For those of you who are using Gmail’s web interface, these shortcut keys allow you to do all of your email tasks without the use of the mouse. If you spend a fair amount of time sending and receiving emails they are well worth memorizing. Note that you will first have to turn keyboard shortcuts on in your Gmail Settings > General tab.

Shortcut KeyDefinitionAction
cComposeAllows you to compose
a new message. <Shift> + c allows you to compose
a message in a new window.
/SearchPuts your cursor in the search box.
kMove to newer conversationOpens or moves your cursor
to a more recent conversation. You can hit <Enter> to expand
a conversation.
jMove to older conversationOpens or moves your cursor
to the next oldest conversation. You can hit <Enter> to expand
a conversation.
nNext messageMoves your cursor to the
next message. You can hit <Enter> to expand or collapse a message.
(Only applicable in ‘Conversation View.’)
pPrevious messageMoves your cursor to the
previous message. You can hit <Enter> to expand or collapse
a message. (Only applicable in ‘Conversation View.’)
o or <Enter>OpenOpens your conversation.
Also expands or collapses a message if you are in ‘Conversation View.’
uReturn to conversation listRefreshes your page and returns you to the inbox, or list of conversations.
eArchiveArchive your conversation from any view.
mMuteArchives the conversation, and all future messages skip the Inbox unless sent or cc’d
directly to you.
xSelect conversationAutomatically 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.
sStar a message or conversationAdds or removes a star
to a message or conversation. Stars allow you to give a message or conversation
a special status.
!Report spamMarks a message as spam
and removes it from your conversation list.
rReplyReplies to the message sender.
<Shift> + r
allows you to reply to a message in a new window. (Only applicable in ‘Conversation View.’)
aReply allReplies to all message recipients.
<Shift> +a
allows you to reply
to all message recipients in a new window. (Only applicable in ‘Conversation View.’)
fForwardForwards a message. <Shift>
+ f
 allows you to forward a message in a new
window. (Only applicable in ‘Conversation View.’)
<Esc>Escape from input fieldRemoves the cursor from your current input field.
<Ctrl> + sSave draftSaves 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.
#DeleteMoves the conversation to Trash.
lLabelOpens the Labels menu to label a conversation.
vMove toMoves the conversation from the inbox to a different label, Spam or Trash.
<Shift> + iMark as readMarks your message as ‘read’ and skip to the next message.
<Shift> + uMark as unreadMarks your message as ‘unread’ so you can go back to it later.
[Archive and previousArchives your conversation and moves to the previous one.
]Archive and nextArchives your conversation and moves to the next one.
zUndoUndoes your previous action, if possible (works for actions with an ‘undo’ link).
<Shift> + nUpdate current conversationUpdates your current conversation when there are new messages.
qMove cursor to chat searchMoves your cursor directly to the chat search box.
yRemove from Current View*Automatically removes the message or conversation from your current view.From ‘Inbox,’ ‘y’ means ArchiveFrom ‘Starred,’ ‘y’ means UnstarFrom ‘Trash,’ ‘y’ means Move to inboxFrom any label, ‘y’ means Remove the label* ‘y’ has no effect if you’re in ‘Spam,’ ‘Sent,’ or ‘All Mail.’
.Show more actionsDisplays the ‘More Actions’ drop-down menu.
?Show keyboard shortcuts helpDisplays the keyboard shortcuts help menu within any page you’re on.

These combination keys can be used to to navigate through Gmail.

Shortcut KeyDefinitionAction
<tab> then <Enter>Send messageAfter composing your message,
use this combination to send it automatically. (Supported in Internet Explorer and Firefox, on Windows.)
y then oArchive and nextArchives your conversation and moves to the next one.
g then aGo to ‘All Mail’Takes you to ‘All Mail,’ the storage site for all mail you’ve ever sent or received (and have
not deleted).
g then sGo to ‘Starred’Takes you to all conversations you have starred.
g then cGo to ‘Contacts’Takes you to your Contacts list.
g then dGo to ‘Drafts’Takes you to all drafts you have saved.
g then iGo to ‘Inbox’Returns you to the inbox.
g then tGo to ‘Sent Mail’Takes you to all mail you’ve sent.
* then aSelect allSelects all mail.
* then nSelect noneDeselects all mail.
* then rSelect readSelects all mail you’ve read.
* then uSelect unreadSelects all unread mail.
* then sSelect starredSelects all starred mail.
* then tSelect unstarredSelects all unstarred mail.

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