Turn on Keyboard Shortcuts for Gmail


Using Gmail on the computer to save your time, the better way to learn the shortcuts using the keyboard. You can quickly turn on the Shortcut key by Holding Shift key and press ?.

Gmail Keyboard Shortcuts

Turn on Keyboard Shortcuts for Gmail

Method #1:

By default, few shortcut keys are enabled by default for all the Gmail users, but advanced keyboard shortcuts need to hold Shift + ?. As shown in below screenshot just Enable to get other keyboard shortcuts for using Gmail interface on the web or using Computer and laptop.

Method #2:

  • Using Gmail via Computer or laptop follow below steps:
  • Click on the Gear icon at the right top.
  • From menu scroll down to the Settings.
  • In General, Tab scrolls down to the "Keyboard Shortcuts."
  • Select from available option "Keyboard Shortcuts on."
  • Scroll down to click on Save Changes.
  • Compose and Chat

<Shift> + <Esc>  Focus the main window
<Esc>  Focus the latest chat or compose
<Ctrl> + .  Advance to next chat or compose
<Ctrl> + ,  Advance to previous chat or compose
<Ctrl> + <Enter>  Send
<Ctrl> + <Shift> + c  Add cc recipients
<Ctrl> + <Shift> + b Add Bcc recipients
<Ctrl> + <Shift> + f Access custom from
<Ctrl> + k Insert a link
<Ctrl> + ; Go to previous misspelled word
<Ctrl> + ' Go to next misspelled word
<Ctrl> + m Open spelling suggestions Formatting
 <Ctrl> + <Shift> + 5 Previous font
<Ctrl> + <Shift> + 6 Next font
<Ctrl> + <Shift> + - Decrease text size
<Ctrl> + <Shift> + + Increase text size
<Ctrl> + b Bold
<Ctrl> + i Italics
<Ctrl> + u Underline
<Ctrl> + <Shift> + 7 Numbered list
<Ctrl> + <Shift> + 8 Bulleted list
<Ctrl> + <Shift> + 9 Quote
<Ctrl> + [ Indent less
<Ctrl> + ] Indent more
<Ctrl> + <Shift> + l Align left
<Ctrl> + <Shift> + e Align center
<Ctrl> + <Shift> + r Align right
<Ctrl> + <Shift> + , Set right-to-left
<Ctrl> + <Shift> + . Set left-to-right
<Ctrl> + \ Remove formatting
By Default, the below are disabled for all the users. The user will need to Hold the Shift + ? to enable all below shortcut keys.

Jumping between Inbox, labels, and other items:

g then i Go to Inbox
g then s Go to Starred conversations
g then t Go to Sent messages
g then d Go to Drafts
g then a Go to All Mail
g then c Go to Contacts
g then k Go to Tasks
g then l Go to Label
Thread list Selection:
* then a Select all conversations
* then n Deselect all conversations
* then r Select read conversations
* then u Select unread conversations
* then s Select starred conversations
* then t Select unstarred conversations


u Back to the thread list
k / j Newer/older conversation
o or <Enter> Open conversation; collapse/expand conversation
p / n Read previous/next message
Go to next inbox section
~ Go to previous Inbox section


c Compose
d Compose in a tab
/ Search mail
q Search chat contacts
. Open "more actions" menu
v Open "move to" menu
l Open "label as" menu
? Open keyboard shortcut help



, Move focus to toolbar
x Select the conversation
s Toggle star/Rotate among superstars
y Remove the label
e Archive
m Mute conversation
! Report as spam
# Delete
r Reply
<Shift> + r Reply in a new window
a Reply all  <Shift> + a

Reply all in a new window

f Forward
<Shift> + f  Forward in a new window
<Shift> + n Update conversation
] / [ Remove conversation from current view and go previous/next
} / { Archive conversation and go previous/next
z Undo the last action
<Shift> + i Mark as reading
<Shift> + u Mark as unread
_ Mark unread from the selected message
+ or = Mark as important
- Mark as not important
; Expand entire conversation
: Collapse entire conversation
<Shift> + t Add conversation to Tasks

The difference between MAC OS and Windows to use Ctrl and ⌘ buttons. (Control & Command buttons).

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