Gmail 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, Opera Mail, Windows Mail and Outlook Express Keyboard Shortcuts. This article covers Gmail Keyboard Shortcuts. So let’s get started.

Shortcuts that are always turned on

These navigational and formatting shortcuts all work whether or not you’ve enabled the keyboard shortcuts setting.
Use arrow keys to view messages and start composing – While viewing your messages, use your keyboard’s arrow keys to move your cursor to a conversation, label or the compose button. Press Enter to select.
Move between messages in a conversation – While viewing a conversation, use n and p to go the next and previous messages in a conversation thread. Hit Enter to open or collapse a message.
Navigate in compose – Use the following combinations of keys when you have compose windows or chats open.

Ctrl+Enter (Send message)
Ctrl+. (Advance to next window)
Ctrl+, (Go to previous window)
Ctrl+Shift+c (Add Cc recipients)
Ctrl+Shift+b (Add Bcc recipients)
Ctrl+Shift+f (Change “from” address)
Shift+Esc (Focus main window)

Shortcuts that need to be turned on

Before you can use these keyboard shortcuts, you’ll need to enable keyboard shortcuts in your settings:

  • Click the gear in the top right and select Settings.
  • Find the “Keyboard shortcuts” section and select Keyboard shortcuts on.
  • Click Save Changes at the bottom of the page.

c (Compose)
d (Compose in a new tab)
/ (Search)
k (Move to newer conversation)
j (Move to older conversation)
n (Newer message)
p (Previous message)
` (Go to next inbox section)
~ (Go to previous inbox section)
o or Enter (Open)
u (Return to conversation list)
e (Archive)
m (Mute)
x (Select conversation)
s (Star a message or conversation)
+ (Mark as important)
– (Mark as unimportant)
! (Report spam
r (Reply)
a (Reply all)
f (Forward)
Esc (Escape from input field)
Ctrl + s (Save draft)
# (Delete)
l (Label)
v (Move to)
Shift+i (Mark as read)
Shift+u (Mark as unread)
[ (Removes from current view and previous)
] (Removes from current view and next)
{ (Archive and previous)
} (Archive and next)
z (Undo)
Shift+n (Update current conversation)
q (Move cursor to chat search)
y (Remove from Current View)
. (Show more actions)
, (Moves cursor to the first button in your Gmail toolbar)
Ctrl+Down arrow (Opens options in Chat)
k (Move up a contact)
j (Move down a contact)
o or Enter (Open)
u (Return to contact list view)
e (Remove from Current Group)
x (Select contact)
Esc (Escape from input field)
# (Delete)
l (Group membership)
z (Undo)


Use the following combinations of keys to navigate through Gmail.
Tab then Enter (Send message)
y then o (Archive and next)
g then a (Go to ‘All Mail’)
g then s (Go to ‘Starred’)
g then c (Go to ‘Contacts’)
g then d (Go to ‘Drafts’)
g then l (Go to ‘Label’)
g then i (Go to ‘Inbox’)
g then t (Go to ‘Sent Mail’)
* then a (Select all)
* then n (Select none)
* then r (Select read)
* then u (Select unread)
* then s (Select starred)
* then t (Select unstarred)

I hope that this article helped you with Gmail Keyboard Shortcuts. Feel free to share your thoughts about this article using the comments section below or catch us on Twitter.


Experienced IT Consultant working and living in the UK. In early years he was born and raised up in Greece and been to the UK since studies. He is passionate with technology, gadgets and computers, he really likes the internet and IT in general.

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