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Google Mail Keyboard Shortcuts - Mac

Note 1: Keyboard shortcuts for Google Mail can be turned on or off. There are three ways to do this:
  • Go to http://mail.google.com/mail/?kbd=1. This automatically turns shortcuts on.
  • Click the Gear icon at the top right of any Google Mail page to pull down a menu. From this menu, select Settings. On the Settings page, look for the Keyboard Shortcuts option and choose the appropriate radio button.
  • In Google Mail, press Shift+? to bring up the shortcuts list. There is an option at the top left to enable or disable shortcuts.
Note 2: The "Custom Keyboard Shortcuts" Labs function lets you change the keys used for existing shortcuts. Particularly helpful if a standard shortcut conflicts with your assistive technology. More information on Labs functions
 
Note 3: For most of these commands to work, your keyboard focus needs to not be in a text box, such as the Search field (otherwise, pressing the key will simply type in the text box). To ensure the focus is not in a text box, press Escape.
 
Note 4: In Google Mail, messages are grouped into "conversations." For example, if person A sends a message to person B, person B responds, and then sends the message with a comment to person C, all three messages would be included in a single conversation. When you are reviewing your inbox, you will see conversations rather than individual messages. However, if you are accessing your email via Outlook or a similar client rather than a browser, messages will be continued to be listed individually rather than grouped into conversations.

Note 5: It is possible to create custom shortcut keys for Google Mail.
 
 To navigate within the Google Mail interface: 
Action Shortcut
Go to the Inbox  g then i
Go to all starred conversations g then s
Go to all sent messages g then t
Go to all draft messages g then d
Go to all messages g then a
Go to Contacts list g then c
Go to Tasks list g then k
Move keyboard focus to the Label search box g then l

 

To navigate and select conversations: 
Action Shortcut
Move to newer conversation  k
Move to older conversation  j
Select/deselect conversation  x
Star/unstar conversation s
Select all conversations  * then a
Deselect all conversations * then n
Select all read conversations * then r
Select all unread conversations * then u
Select all starred conversations * then s
Select all unstarred conversations * then t
Archive conversation e
Archive current conversation and move to previous )
Archive current conversation and move to next (
Archive conversation and discard future messages unless sent or cc:d directly to you m
Update current conversation Shift+n
Add conversation to Task list Shift+t
Delete conversation #
 
To navigate within a conversation:
Action Shortcut
Go to next message n
Go to previous message p
Mark message as important +
Mark message as unimportant -
Star/unstar message s
Mark message as unread and return to Inbox Shift+-
Mark message as spam and remove !

 

To mark or label messages: 
Action Shortcut
Open Labels menu
l
Move conversation from inbox to a different label, Spam, or Trash
v
Mark message as read and move to next message
Shift+i
Archive message and move to previous message
[
Archive message and move to next message
]
Remove message from current view (inbox, starred, trash, or label) y

To navigate contact list: 
Action Shortcut
Select all contacts * then a
Deselect all contacts * then n
Move up one contact k
Move down one contact j
Open current contact o or Enter
Return to contact list view
u
Select/deselect contact
x
Remove selected contacts from current group being displayed e
Remove cursor from input field
Esc
Delete contact
#


To compose and send messages:
 
Action Shortcut
Compose new message c
Reply to a message sender r
Reply to all original message recipients a
Forward a message f
Send message (cursor must be in body of message) Tab then Enter

 

Miscellaneous commands: 
Action Shortcut
Move focus to Search field
/
Move focus out of input field Esc
Move focus to chat search
q
Undo previous action    
z
Show "More Actions" drop-down menu
.
Open shortcut help (will list shortcuts for the current view, e.g., Contact List)
?
 

 

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