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.
|c||Compose||Allows you to compose a new message. <Shift> + 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 <Enter> to expand a conversation.|
|j||Move to older conversation||Opens or moves your cursor to the next oldest conversation. You can hit <Enter> to expand a conversation.|
|n||Next message||Moves your cursor to the next message. You can hit <Enter> to expand or collapse a message. (Only applicable in 'Conversation View.')|
|p||Previous message||Moves your cursor to the previous message. You can hit <Enter> to expand or collapse a message. (Only applicable in 'Conversation View.')|
|o or <Enter>||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.|
Remove from current view
|Automatically removes the message or conversation from your current view. |
|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. <Shift> + 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. <Shift> +a allows you to reply to all message recipients in a new window. (Only applicable in 'Conversation View.')|
|f||Forward||Forward a message. <Shift> + f allows you to forward a message in a new window. (Only applicable in 'Conversation View.')|
|<Esc>||Escape from input field||Removes the cursor from your current input field.|
Combo-keys - Use the following combinations of keys to navigate through Gmail.
|<tab> then <Enter>||Send message||After composing your message, use this combination to send it automatically. (Supported in Internet Explorer and Firefox, on Windows.)|
|y then o||Archive and next||Archive your conversation and move to the next one.|
|g then a||Go 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 s||Go to 'Starred'||Takes you to all conversations you have starred.|
|g then c||Go to 'Contacts'||Takes you to your Contacts list.|
|g then d||Go to 'Drafts'||Takes you to all drafts you have saved.|
|g then i||Go 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.