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15 Gmail shortcuts that you did not know you needed



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Do you spend a good deal of your day on Gmail? If you send and receive a majority of your emails from a computer, using keyboard shortcuts can save you hours in hours. There are dozens of Gmail keyboard shortcuts. The ones presented here are the most useful ones for this google mailer.

Gmail divides the keyboard shortcuts into two groups: those that are always enabled and those that need to be activated. To see all the shortcuts provided by Gmail, press Shift -? While viewing your Gmail Inbox. . Here are my favorites.

Always-on Gmail shortcuts

Opening a message

Use the up and down arrow keys to navigate through your Inbox. You'll see a thin, blue, vertical line at the left edge of your Inbox when you press the arrow keys. To open a message, press . Enter .

Navigating a conversation

When you see an email conversation, press the N key to go to the next message in the conversation and the P key to switch to the previous message. Press the Enter key to expand and collapse messages in a conversation.

Enable Gmail shortcuts

To enable the following keyboard shortcuts, click the gear icon in. Click Settings in the upper-right corner of your Inbox. Scroll down the General tab to Keyboard Shortcuts and click Keyboard Shortcuts to . Scroll down to the bottom and click the Save Changes button.

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Post new message

Press the C key to compose a new message. Use Shift-C to compose a message in a new window. Or press the D key to compose a message in a new tab.

Skip to next or previous email

If you have an email open, press the J key to go to the next email in your Inbox and press the K key to switch to the previous e-mail.

Refresh or Return to Inbox

Press the U key to update your Inbox, or return to the Inbox view when you have an email open.

Select message

To select a message from the Inbox view (that is, to select the check box), move the vertical blue line on it and press the X key .

Mute a conversation

Select a conversation and press the M key to mute it. Muting will archive a conversation and remove any future responses from your inbox. When a message is sent from the conversation or sent directly to you, it will continue to appear in your Inbox.

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Recycle Bin or Archive

If one or more messages are selected in your Inbox, press the # button to move it to the Trash. (# = Shift-3). To archive a message instead of discarding it, press the E key .

Press the Snooze Button

Select a message in your Inbox and press the B Button to disable it. It will be removed from your inbox and displayed back up in your inbox at a later date and time – today, tomorrow, next week, or at a specific time you specify.

Star Conversation

While viewing your inbox press S to start a conversation. You do not need to have a conversation selected to start it. You just have to move the thin blue line next to the conversation. Press S again to remove the star.

Slash for Search

When you view your Inbox, press the / key to move the cursor to the search box at the top of the page.

Reply, answer and forward all

If you have opened a conversation, press the R key to respond. Press the A key to answer all. You can also use the F key to transfer a call. Press Shift with one of these commands and you will respond, answer all or forward in a new window.

Send

Press Tab-Enter to send a message.

Go to Commands

There are a number of commands that use the G key . Most helpful are these six:

  • G + A – Send to all emails
  • G + I – Send to primary inbox
  • G + S – To Tagged Messages
  • G + D – Go to Drafts
  • G + T – Go to Sent Emails
  • G + C – Go to Contact List (it opens in a new tab

Asterisk Commands

There are a number of commands that use the * key which in practice is Shift-8 . Most helpful are these three:

  • * + A – Select All Messages
  • * + N – Deselect All Messages
  • * + U – Select All Unread E- Mails

I use this last key combination all the time. If I had to name a favorite, that would be it. It is very convenient to select all unread messages in my current Inbox view and mark them as read or to move to the trash can.

For the full list of Gmail shortcuts, visit this Google support page.


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