Gmail is arguably the most widely-used email service on the web and one of the best. It’s free, offers more email storage than most of us will ever use in our lifetime, and its spam filter can’t be beat. In fact, no other email service has managed to be as packed with features as Gmail — and many Gmail users have only scratched the surface.
As it turns out, the geniuses over at Google have loaded Gmail with a ton of handy keyboard shortcuts. If you’re looking to seriously step up your Gmail game, these keyboard shortcuts should have you navigating your inbox and sending emails like you’re some kind of email ninja. And if you’re on a laptop with a troublesome trackpad, these shortcuts may be a perfect solution.
Check out this Gmail shortcuts infographic that’s been making the rounds on the Internet lately. It breaks down all of the Gmail’s keyboard shortcuts in one helpful guide. You’ll save a ton of time and boost your inbox productivity.
How to Enable Keyboard Shortcuts in Gmail
First, you need to adjust the settings in your Gmail account. These keyboard shortcuts aren’t enabled by default and you’ll realize why in just moment. They’re pretty simple, so if you aren’t aware that they’re turned on, it could be pretty easy to get yourself into some email trouble.
When you’re read to enable shortcuts, click on the Settings menu, which can be accessed by clicking on the little sprocket icon in the top, right-hand corner.
In the Settings menu, you’ll see Keyboard Shortcuts. Click on the option to enable them, and you’re ready to start emailing like a wizard.
We’ve broken all the best keyboard shortcuts down into two separate categories: navigation and composition. The first batch of keyboard shortcuts will help you get around your inbox, while the second group will make it easier to write your actual emails.
Inbox Navigation Shortcuts
Cursor Up – K
Cursor Down – J
Expand Email – Enter
Check (Select) Email – X
Star Email – S
Mark Email as Important – +
Mark Email as Unimportant – —
Delete Conversation – Shift + 3
Go to Inbox – G, then I
Go to All Mail (the Archive) – G, then A
Go to Drafts – G, then D
Go to Sent Mail – G, then T
Go to Contacts – G, then C
View Starred Mail Only – G, then S
Message Composition Shortcuts
Compose Message – C*
Reply – R*
Reply All – A*
Forward Message – F*
Open Labels – L
Archive Conversation – E or Y
*Shortcuts with an asterisk next to them can be used in combination with the “Shift” key to perform these functions in a new window. This will open a pop-up window with your message in it.
Use Gmail Shortcuts to Boost Your Productivity
And there you have it! Some of the best keyboard shortcuts for one of the best email applications on the Internet.
Grab the full infographic right here.
And tell us — what kind of shortcuts do you use to make your life on the Internet easier and more efficient? We want to know!