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GMail Shortcut Keys

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What Is GMail?

GMail, or Google Mail, is a web-based email provider by Google. Its key differentiators from other webmail services include an inbox based on conversations, labels instead of folders, and auto-saving for drafts. It also has many keyboard shortcuts to make reading your email faster than ever.

Enabling GMail Shortcut Keys

To use GMail's shortcut keys, you first have to turn them on:

  1. Login to GMail
  2. Click on Settings in the upper-right
  3. Select "Keyboard shortcuts on"

Now you're all set!

Navigating The Conversation List

To make it easier to visualize GMail's shortcut keys, I've grouped and color-coded them in correlation to Figure 1, below.

jMove down a conversation
kMove up a conversation
nNext message in a conversation
pPrevious message in a conversation
oOpen the current conversation
uReturn to conversation list
yArchive the current conversation
sStar a message or conversation
xSelect the current conversation
/Search

Writing Mail

cCompose
rReply
aReply All
fForward
Tab, EnterSend
EscEscape from input field
Ctrl+SSave draft

Conversation List Shortcut Keys
Figure 1 - GMail Shortcut Keys Visualization

Navigating GMail

g, iGo to Inbox
g, aGo to All Mail
g, sGo to Starred
g, cGo to Contacts
g, dGo to Drafts

-Ben

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