The 30 Best Gmail Keyboard Shortcuts for 2019

How to handle your emails faster than ever

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If you're looking to boost your productivity, Gmail shortcuts can be the ticket to saving hours a year. They only take a few moments to learn, and once mastered — will pay you big dividends in saved time and energy. Here's a look at the 30 best Gmail shortcuts for 2019 broken down by category.

Gmail shortcuts are turned off by default. In order to use Gmail shortcuts, you'll need to enable the keyboard shortcuts option in your Gmail account settings.

Create a New Email

By pressing a single letter on your keyboard, you can easily create a new email from anywhere within Gmail.

1. Create a new message (C): Press the C key to create a new message.

2. Create a new message in a new tab (D): Press the D key to create a new message in a new browser tab.

Send or Forward an Email

Gmail also lets you send and forward open emails by using simple keyboard shortcuts.

3. Send an email (Command, then Enter): When you're finished writing your email, press the Command key, then hit Enter.

4. Forward a message (F): Open the email you want to forward, then press the F key.

For Windows users

On Windows computers, use the Control key in place of the Command key.

Reply to an Email

By using the R and A keys, you can quickly reply to email messages or send to multiple recipients.

5. Reply to a message (R): Open the email, and press the R key.

6. Reply to all (A): Open the email, and press the A key.

Scroll Through Emails

These shortcuts are handy for navigating through your messages and long email threads.

7. Scroll down an email list (J): Press the J key to scroll down.

8. Scroll up an email list (K): Press the K key to scroll up.

9. Scroll through an email thread (N): Inside an open email, press N to quickly jump down the multiple conversations in the thread.

Select Multiple Emails

Need to select a bunch of emails at the same time? This easy shortcut will save you from having to click on each email separately.

10. Select multiple emails in a row (Shift): From the inbox, click the first email in the series by checking the box to the left of the sender's name. Then, press the Shift key and check the box for the last email in the series. Everything between both boxes will be selected.

Add Formatting to Email Text

Bolding, italicizing, and underlining text is super easy using keyboard shortcuts. In fact, you may find yourself using these commands more than any others.

11. Bold text (Command, then B): Select the text you wish to bold. Press Command, then B. Perform the same actions to undo the formatting.

12. Italicize text (Command, then I): Select the text you wish to italicize. Press Command, then I. Perform the same actions to undo the formatting.

13. Underline text (Command, then U): Select the text you wish to underline. Press Command, then U. Perform the same actions to undo the formatting.

14. Undo last action (Command, then Z): This handy key combo lets you undo a single or series of actions. For example, if you accidentally delete a sentence or paragraph, just hit Command, then Z, and it will reappear.

For Windows users

On Windows computers, use the Control key in place of the Command key.

Add Elements to an Email

Addling links, numbered lists, and bullet points to your emails can help you communicate more clearly and directly. Here's how to do it using keyboard shortcuts.

15. Insert a hyperlink (Command, then K): To insert a URL link, highlight the desired text. Press Command, then K.

16. Insert a numbered list (Command + Shift, then 7): Insert the cursor where you want the numbered list to appear. Press Command and Shift at the same time, then 7.

17. Insert bullet points (Command + Shift, then 8): Insert the cursor where you want the bulleted list to appear. Press Command and Shift at the same time, then 8.

For Windows users

On Windows computers, use the Control key in place of the Command key.

Email Maintenance Shortcuts

Maintain your inbox quickly and easily with these keyboard shortcuts.

18. Find an email (/): Press / to place the cursor in the search bar.

19. Archive an email (E): Open an email or select it by clicking the box(es) to the left of the sender's name. Press E to archive it.

20. Delete an email (Shift, then 3): Open an email or select it by clicking the box(es) to the left of the sender's name. Press Shift, then 3 to send the email to the trash.

21. Mark an email as unread (Shift, then U): Open an email or select it by clicking the box(es) to the left of the sender's name. Press Shift, then U to mark it as unread.

22. Mark a message as important (Shift, then =): To mark a message as important, open or select the message by clicking the box(es) to the left of the sender's name. Press Shift, then =.

Go to (jumping) Shortcuts

These shortcuts can be used for jumping around the different areas of Gmail. They work by pressing the G key (think G = Go), then pressing the key that corresponds to the desired action.

23. Go to Tasks (G, then K): Press the G key, then press K.

24. Go to Contacts (G, then C): Press the G key, then press C.

25. Go to Starred conversations (G, then S): Press the G key, then press S.

26. Go to Sent messages (G, then T): Press the G key, then press T.

27. Go to Drafts (G, then D): Press the G key, then press D.

28. Go to All mail (G, then A): Press the G key, then press A.

Tab Key Navigation

Did you know that you can navigate email fields by using the Tab key? This feature is useful when filling out fields in the email composition screen, such as recipient, subject line, and body text.

29. Move from different fields (Tab): Press the Tab to jump down the different fields in your email composition screen. To go in the opposite direction, press Shift, then Tab.

Gmail shortcut help

Last But Not Least: Shortcut Help

Need help remembering a shortcut? The good news is, you can quickly pull up the entire list of shortcuts with yes, a keyboard shortcut.

30. Open keyboard shortcut help (Shift, then ?): Press Shift, then ? to get the full list of keyboard shortcuts anytime.