Google Gmail Keyboard Shortcuts, For Faster Access.

This is my 1st post in the year 2011, on TheZeroLife.Com and I started it with Google, Gmail. Happy New Year to all my Visitors, Readers, and Friends, Get the Aim, Confidence, Knowledge, Money, Love and Life ahead in this new year…

I know that I am very late for the first post of the year, but I am sorry to say that, my 1st day of the year started with a pain in my neck and fever at morning…….. and the first person I visited was my doctor.. now I am felling fine. I will tell you this story afterwards… till than “Happy New Year” again and Welcome.Google-Gmail-Logo-(TheZeroLife.Com)

Many people I know uses Google or Gmail, Gmail gives you everything and more which a mail service can give you or you can need. Plain text (you can image ON, OFF), no banners, no annoying big ads, actually I should simply say that Gmail is the best Email service, I ever used. From the date I started using gmail, I forgot all my other emails, User Names and Passwords, the only reason is that I never felt the need or requirements of using other email services.

Here is the collection of Keyboard Shortcuts for the Gmail users or Google Mail users, for me, my readers, and for my friends. The Gmail Keyboard Shortcuts are all ready available at Google Help/Answer ; but the reason to post this Keyboard shortcuts here again is to appeal, and remind the users of Gmail, and my readers at TZL, that to use the Keyboard Shortcuts in Gmail for the fast access and to save your precious time and energy. Keyboard Shortcuts for Gmail will never let your hands off the keyboard to use the mouse for reading and using Gmail. Keyboard shortcuts are case sensitive, fast, and easy to use and remember.Google-Logo-(TheZeroLife.Com)

First of all to use the Keyboard shortcuts for your Gmail account, you need to switch it ON. For activate or ON, Gmail Keyboard Shortcuts for your Gmail account; Go to Settings, after Login to your Gmail account. In the very first tab under Settings, you will see the Keyboard ON & OFF options as shown in the image below; just press “ Keyboard Shortcuts on” and come out of setting, that’s it !

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Start using the Gmail, through your keyboard, and you will never need the mouse. Keyboard shortcuts are easy to remember like “A for Apple… B for Ball…..”. Start using the keys as per your requirement and you will never forget the keys after 2-3 use… Keyboard Shortcuts for Gmail are as below:

Shortcut Key Definition Action
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.
e Archive Archive your conversation from any view.
m Mute Archives the conversation, and all future messages skip the Inbox unless sent or cc’d directly to you. Learn more.
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.
+ Mark as important Helps Gmail learn what’s important to you by marking misclassified messages. (Specific to Priority Inbox)
Mark as unimportant Helps Gmail learn what’s not important to you by marking misclassified messages. (Specific to Priority Inbox)
! Report spam Marks a message as spam and removes it from your conversation list.
r Reply Replies 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 Replies 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 Forwards 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.
<Ctrl> + s Save draft Saves the current text as a draft when composing a message. Hold the <Ctrl> key while pressing s and make sure your cursor is in one of the text fields — either the composition pane, or any of the To, CC, BCC, or Subject fields — when using this shortcut.
# Delete Moves the conversation to Trash.
l Label Opens the Labels menu to label a conversation.
v Move to Moves the conversation from the inbox to a different label, Spam or Trash.
<Shift> + i Mark as read Marks your message as ‘read’ and skip to the next message.
<Shift> + u Mark as unread Marks your message as ‘unread’ so you can go back to it later.
[ Archive and previous Archives your conversation and moves to the previous one.
] Archive and next Archives your conversation and moves to the next one.
z Undo Undoes your previous action, if possible (works for actions with an ‘undo’ link).
<Shift> + n Update current conversation Updates your current conversation when there are new messages.
q Move cursor to chat search Moves your cursor directly to the chat search box.
y Remove from Current View* Automatically removes the message or conversation from your current view.

  • From ‘Inbox,’ ‘y’ means Archive
  • From ‘Starred,’ ‘y’ means Un start
  • From ‘Trash,’ ‘y’ means Move to inbox
  • From any label, ‘y’ means Remove the label

* ‘y’ has no effect if you’re in ‘Spam,’ ‘Sent,’ or ‘All Mail.’

. Show more actions Displays the ‘More Actions’ drop-down menu.
<Ctrl> + <Down arrow> Opens options in Chat
  • <Ctrl> + <Down arrow> moves from edit field in your chat window to select the ‘Video and more’ menu
  • Next, press <Tab> to select the emoticon menu
  • Press <Enter> to open the selected menu
? Show keyboard shortcuts help Displays the keyboard shortcuts help menu within any page you’re on.
k Move up a contact Moves your cursor up in your contact list
j Move down a contact Moves your cursor down in your contact list
o or <Enter> Open Opens the contact with the cursor next to it.
u Return to contact list view Refreshes your page and returns you to the contact list.
e Remove from Current Group Removes selected contacts from the group currently being displayed.
x Select contact Checks and selects a contact so that you can change group membership or choose an action from the drop-down menu to apply to the contact.
<Esc> Escape from input field Removes the cursor from the current input
# Delete Deletes a contact permanently
l Group membership Opens the groups button to group contacts
z Undo Reverses your previous action, if possible (works for actions with an ‘undo’ link)
. Show more actions Opens the “More actions” drop-down menu.

Key Combinations. Use the following combinations of keys to navigate through Gmail.

Shortcut Key Definition Action
<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 Archives your conversation and moves 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 l Go to ‘Label’ Takes you to the search box with the “label:” operator filled in for you.
g then i Go to ‘Inbox’ Returns you to the inbox.
g then t Go to ‘Sent Mail’ Takes you to all mail you’ve sent.
* then a Select all Selects all mail.
* then n Select none Deselects all mail.
* then r Select read Selects all mail you’ve read.
* then u Select unread Selects all unread mail.
* then s Select starred Selects all starred mail.
* then t Select un starred Selects all un starred mail.

To get latest updates about the Gmail Keyboard shortcuts, visit Gmail Help/Answer. Happy Gmail. Gmail Keyboard Shortcuts are not dependent on any computer OS like, Windows, Linux, Or Mac; because you uses Web Browsers to view you E-Mails on Gmail. Print or convert into PDF these Gmail Shortcuts and keep in front of you while checking your emails on gmail and after 2-3 days use, you will never forget your favourite Gmail key.