Keyboard shortcuts for Gmail to work Easy and fast

Keyboard shortcuts for Gmail to work Easy and fast-To use Gmail shortcut keys you'll need a Standard 101/102-Key or Natural PS/2 Keyboard to use the shortcuts. Keyboard shortcuts help you save time by allowing you to never take your hands off the keyboard to use the mouse. Some keyboard shortcuts can be used immediately, and others need to be enabled before you can use them. Some Shortcuts are always turned on and these navigational and formatting shortcuts always work whether or not you've enabled the keyboard shortcuts setting. Some short cuts are disabled and Before you can use these keyboard shortcuts, you’ll need to enable keyboard shortcuts in your settings. If we compare Gmail with twitter, Gmail is much larger and the number one email free email service provider of the world and having a number of useful feature. Therefore, the list of shortcuts provided is also much larger than that of Twitter short cuts list -


Navigate in compose Gmail shortcuts(Always Enabled)

Use the following combinations of keys when you have compose windows or chats open.
Shortcut Key
Definition
Action
Ctrl + Enter
Mac:
+ Enter
Send message
After composing your message, use this combination to send it.
Ctrl + .
Mac:
+ .
Advance to next window
Use this shortcut to move the cursor to the next chat or compose window, or to the main window.
Ctrl + ,
Mac:
+ ,
Go to previous window
Use this shortcut to move the cursor to the previous chat or compose window, or to the main window.
Ctrl + Shift + c
Mac:
+ Shift + c
Add Cc recipients
While composing, takes you to the Cc field to add new recipients.
Ctrl + Shift + b
Mac:
+ Shift + b
Add Bcc recipients
While composing, takes you to the Bcc field to add new blind recipients.
Ctrl + Shift + f
Mac:
+ Shift + f
Change "from" address
While composing, takes you to the From field to change your sending address. (This shortcut only works if you have configured additional sending addresses.)
Source- Gmail.com
(To format your text quickly, check out these formatting shortcuts.)

How to Enable Gmail Shortcuts that need to be turned on

Before you can use these keyboard shortcuts, you’ll need to enable keyboard shortcuts in your settings -
  1. Click the https://www.google.com/help/hc/images/mail/mail_gear.pnggear in the top right and select Settings.
  2. Find the "Keyboard shortcuts" section and select Keyboard shortcuts on.
  3. Click Save Changes at the bottom of the page.
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.
d
Compose in a new tab
Opens a compose window in a new tab.
/
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
Newer message
In 'Conversation view', moves your cursor to the newer message. You can hit Enter to expand or collapse a message.
p
Previous message
In 'Conversation view', moves your cursor to the older message. You can hit Enter to expand or collapse a message.
`
Go to next inbox section
If you use an inbox style with tabs or sections, you can quickly navigate to the next section.
~
Go to previous inbox section
If you use an inbox style with tabs or sections, you can quickly navigate to the previous section.
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
Mac:
+ 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 a newer message.
Shift + u
Mark as unread
Marks your message as 'unread' so you can go back to it later.
[
Removes from current view and previous
Removes the current view's label from your conversation and moves to the older one.
]
Removes from current view and next
Removes the current view's label from your conversation and moves to the newer one.
{
Archive and previous
Archives the current conversation and moves to the older one.
}
Archive and next
Archives the current 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 Unstar
  • 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.
,
Moves cursor to the first button in your Gmail toolbar
Displays the 'More Actions' drop-down menu.
Ctrl + Down arrow
Mac:
+ 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
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)
Source- Gmail.com

Useful Combo-keys in Gmail navigate through Gmail

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.
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 unstarred
Selects all unstarred mail.
Source- Gmail.com

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