Gmail Keyboard Shortcuts [Printable version]

If you receive a lot of mail, you'll be more productive in Gmail 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 […]

If you receive a lot of mail, you'll be more productive in Gmail 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.

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.
yArchive*
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.'
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.
rReplyReply to the message sender. <Shift> + r allows you to reply to a message in a new window. (Only applicable in 'Conversation View.')
aReply allReply to all message recipients. <Shift> +a allows you to reply to all message recipients in a new window. (Only applicable in 'Conversation View.')
fForwardForward 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.

Combo-keys - Use the following combinations of keys 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 nextArchive your conversation and move 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.

Evan Williams has reformatted the list so it's easier to print it in one page. Don't forget to enable "keyboard shortcuts" in Gmail's settings.

Shortcut List Printable version

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Gmail Keyboard Shortcuts