Gmail Gmail

Compose Messages

Shortcut Key Shortcut Description
C Compose a new message (Press Escape to cancel)
Ctrl+Enter Send Message
Ctrl+. / Ctrl+, Move cursor to next / move cursor to previous chat or compose window (or to main window)
Ctrl+Shift+C Add Cc recipient
Ctrl+Shift+B Add Bcc recipient
Ctrl+Shift+F Change From address

Main Window - Manage Single Messages

Shortcut Key Shortcut Description
J / K Move to next (older) / move to previous (newer) e-mail or conversation
N / P Move to next part / previous part of conversation in message
R Reply to sender
Shift+R Reply to sender in new window
A Reply to all
Shift+A Reply to all in new window
F Forward message
Shift+F Forward message in new window
Ctrl+S Save Message. Cursor should be in field
Ctrl+[ / Ctrl+] Remove from current view and move to older / move to newer message (won't delete message, just changes view)
Ctrl+{ / Ctrl+} Archive and move to older message / move to newer message
U Return to inbox or conversation list
# Delete selected message and jump back to the message list
V Move selected message
L Add label to message, opens label menu and jump back to the message list
E / [ Archive selected messages and jump back to the message list
! Mark selected messages as spam and jump back to the message list
M Mute selected message and jump back to the message list
S Star or unstar message
Y Remove from current view and jump back to the message list

Format Text in Messages

Shortcut Key Shortcut Description
Ctrl+Shift++ / - Increase / decrease the font size of all or some text
Ctrl+Shift+5 / 6 Change font to the previous font / to the next font as listed in the menu
Ctrl+B Bold formatting
Ctrl+I Italic formatting
Ctrl+U Uunderline formatting
Ctrl+Shift+7 Create Numbered List
Ctrl+Shift+8 Create Bulleted List
Ctrl+Shift+L Left align
Ctrl+Shift+E Center align
Ctrl+Shift+R Right align
Ctrl+] / [ Increase indent/ decrease indent
Ctrl+Shift+9 Format text block to Quote
Ctrl+Shift+. Change text directionality to Right-to-Left
Ctrl+Shift+, Change text directionality to Left-to-Right
Ctrl+K Insert hyperlink

Control Main Browser Window (General Browser Shortcuts)

Shortcut Key Shortcut Description
Alt+Arrow Left / Alt+Arrow Right One page back / one page forward
End / Home Jump to beginning of page / end of page
Page Up / Page Down Jump one page up / one page down
Alt+d, then multipletab's Move the focus of the browser to the main window. Jumps to the address bar first, then through toolbars until landing at the main window.
Tab / Shift+Tab Jump forward / jump backwards between input fields
Ctrl+R Refresh page. Sometimes GMail seems to get stuck on certain pages won't allow shortcuts. Things tend to work fine after a page refresh.

Navigate Main Gmail Window

Shortcut Key Shortcut Description
G, thenI Go to Inbox
G, thenS Go to starred conversations
G, thenT Go to sent mail
G, thenD Go to Drafts
G, thenA Go to all mail
G, thenC Go to Contacts
G, thenL Go to Label. Use arrow keys from here
Esc Generally resets state. Often necessary before using a Keyboard Shortcut to move out of the current task or field. Sometimes reloading page helps via Ctrl+R.
Z Undo previous action

Main Window - Manage Message List

Shortcut Key Shortcut Description
J / K Move to next (older) / move to previous (newer) e-mail or conversation
X Select or unselect current conversation
*, thenA / *, thenN Select all conversations / Un select all conversations
*, thenR / *, thenU Select all read conversations / Select all unread conversations
*, thenS / *, thenT Select all starred conversations / Select all unstarred conversations
Shift+U / Shift+I Mark selected messages as unread / Mark selected messages as read
OorEnter Open message
# Delete selected message
V Mov selected message. Use Arrow Keys and Enter to proceed
L Add Label to message, opens label menu. Use Arrow Keys and enter to proceed
E Archive selected messages
! Mark selected messages as spam
M Mute selected message. Archives the conversation and all future messages
S Star or unstar message
Y Remove from current view: To archive while in Inbox, to Inbox while in Trash, remove star while in Starred Conversation, remove Label while in Labels.

Tasks in Gmail

Shortcut Key Shortcut Description
G, thenK Go to task window or opens task window (see limitations above)
Shift+T Add message(s) to Tasks
Arrow Keys Move cursor up and down in task list
Ctrl+Up Arrow / Ctrl+Down Arrow Move current task up and down in task list
Tab / Shift+Tab Increase / Decrease Indent
Shift+Enter Edit task details, including due date or notes.
Shift+Esc Shift the cursor from tasks to Gmail, but only one-way
Esc Closes Task Window if focus is on it (see limitations above)