Have you turned on keyboard shortcuts in GMAIL?

Hi Gmail Savvy readers,

Most of us use Gmail as primary email but have you ever used shortcuts to be productive.

First of all you need to turn on Keyboard Shortcuts from Settings.

Before you can use these keyboard shortcuts, you’ll need to enable keyboard shortcuts in your settings:

  1. Click the gear 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.

Once you have turned on the Keyboard Shortcuts, you will be able to use following shortcuts and increase your productivity to next level.

Remember, there are a lot of shortcuts available in Gmail. I am listing only 17 important and easy to remember so that it really helps without much efforts on remembering part. You can visit the exhaustive list here.

Shortcut Key



Ctrl + Enter

Send message After composing your message, use this combination to send it.


Compose Allows you to compose a new message. Shift + c allows you to compose a message in a new window.


Search Puts your cursor in the search box.


Archive Archive your conversation from any view.


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.


Reply Replies to the message sender. Shift + r allows you to reply to a message in a new window. (Only applicable in ‘Conversation View.’)


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.’)


Forward Forwards a message. Shift + f allows you to forward a message in a new window. (Only applicable in ‘Conversation View.’)


Escape from input field Removes the cursor from your current input field.


Undo Undoes your previous action, if possible (works for actions with an ‘undo’ link).

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.

I hope you will enjoy these shortcuts with little practice and save great time. Share your experience in comments.





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