Windows Mail Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts are combinations of two or more keys that you can use to perform a task that would typically require a mouse or other pointing device. Getting familiar with keyboard shortcuts not only help you get the work done faster, but also more efficient.

Previously I have covered Microsoft Windows, Windows 8.1 and RT, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Ubuntu, Apple, WordPress, Twitter,and Windows Mail app, Thunderbird, Outlook and Opera Mail Keyboard Shortcuts. This article covers Windows Mail Keyboard Shortcuts. So let’s get started.

Main window, view message window, and send message window

F1 (Open Help topics)
CTRL+A (Select all messages or text within a message)

Main window and view message window

CTRL+M (end and receive e-mail)
CTRL+N (Open or post a new message)
CTRL+SHIFT+B (Open Contacts)
DEL or CTRL+D (Delete an e-mail message)
CTRL+R (Reply to the message author)
CTRL+SHIFT+R or CTRL+G (newsgroups only, Reply to all)
CTRL+F (Forward a message)
CTRL+SHIFT+F (Find a message)
CTRL+P (Print the selected message)
CTRL+> (Go to the next message in the list)
CTRL+< (Go to the previous message in the list)
ALT+ENTER (View the selected message’s properties)
CTRL+U (Go to the next unread e‑mail message
CTRL+SHIFT+U (Go to the next unread newsgroup conversation)

Main window

CTRL+O or ENTER (Open a selected message)
CTRL+ENTER or CTRL+Q (Mark a message as read)
TAB (Move between the message list, Folders list if on), and Preview pane)
CTRL+W (Go to a newsgroup)
LEFT ARROW or PLUS SIGN (+) (Expand a newsgroup conversation, show all responses)
RIGHT ARROW or MINUS SIGN (-) (Collapse a newsgroup conversation, hide responses)
CTRL+SHIFT+A (Mark all newsgroup messages as read)
CTRL+J (Go to the next unread newsgroup or folder)
CTRL+SHIFT+M (Download newsgroup messages for offline reading)
CTRL+I (Go to your Inbox)
CTRL+Y (Go to a folder)
F5 (Refresh newsgroup messages and headers)

Message window – viewing or sending

ESC (Close a message)
F3 or CTRL+SHIFT+F (Find text)

Message window – sending only

F7 (Check spelling)
CTRL+SHIFT+S (Insert a signature)
CTRL+ENTER or ALT+S (Send a message or post it to a newsgroup)
CTRL+TAB (Switch between the Edit, Source, and Preview tabs when working in Source Edit view)

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