Modified 07 March 2017 by Ian Weatherhogg

Using Gmail is a wonderful experience which gets even better if you use these keyboard shortcuts.

Whether you are new to Google Apps and Gmail, or a seasoned user, it's worth passing on some of our favourite keyboard shortcuts. Feel free to share your best keyboard shortcuts in the comments below.

Firstly, to turn keyboard shortcuts on, go to Mail Settings by clicking on the Cog and choosing Settings, then in the General tab find Keyboard Shortcuts and select Keyboard shortcuts on. Then try out some of our favourites below!

Key

Action

 

c

Compose new message

/

Start a new search (cursor jumps to search box)

With an email selected (by tick box) or open:

l

Open Label menu

v

Open Move To menu

!

Report as Spam

#

Move to Bin

+ / -

Mark as important / not important

Shift-r

Mark as read

Shift-u

Mark as unread

From an open email:

f

Forward

r

Reply

z

Undo last action

Shortcuts for the new Gmail compose (automatically enabled)

Shift + Escape

Focus main window

Escape;

Focus latest chat or compose window

Ctrl + .

Go to next chat or compose window

Ctrl + ,

Go to previous chat or compose window

Ctrl + Enter

Send your message

Ctrl + Shift + c

Add cc recipient

Ctrl + Shift + b

Add bcc recipient

Ctrl + Shift + f

Access custom from

Ctrl + k

Insert link

down arrow

Move down to previous message

up arrow

Move up to next message

n

In a conversation, move down to the next message

p

In a conversation, move up to the previous message

Enter

Open currently focused message

Ctrl + b

Bold

Ctrl + i

Italics

Ctrl + u

Underline

Ctrl + Shift + 7

Bulleted list

Ctrl + Shift + 8

Numbered list

Ctrl + Shift + 9

Quoted text

Ctrl + Shift + l

Align left

Ctrl + Shift + e

Align center

Ctrl + Shift + r

Align right

Ctrl + [

Indent less

Ctrl + ]

Indent more

 

There are other keyboard shortcuts you may want to try, from your Gmail inbox click Shift-? to bring up the whole list.