Accessibility in Inbox by Gmail

Whether you’re on your phone, tablet, or computer, you can use accessibility features with Inbox by Gmail.

Inbox on your computer is compatible with these screen readers:

Operating system Screen reader Browser
Chrome OS ChromeVox Chrome
Microsoft Windows NVDA Firefox
Mac OS X Yosemite VoiceOver Safari

When you open Inbox for the first time, you’re given a tour to help you get started. To move through these screens, use the left and right arrow keys.

Compose and reply

To reply to an email, start typing in the Reply box below the email. To get to more options, like changing the recipients, editing quoted text, or replying inline, just expand the window by selecting Pop out reply Pop out reply.

Keyboard shortcuts

For the best experience, turn on keyboard shortcuts in Inbox. The following table has some useful shortcuts. To find a complete list while you're using Inbox, hold Shift and press ? on your keyboard.

Learn how to turn on keyboard shortcuts.

Shortcut Action
Shift + ? Open keyboard shortcuts help
c Compose
t Create a reminder
/ Search
Home Go to first item in main list
j or Go to next item in main list
k or Go to previous item in main list
n Go to next message in an open thread
p Go to previous message in an open thread
o or Enter Open focused item
Esc Close
Shift + Esc Focus main window
Shift + m Focus main menu
Shift + b Focus notifications
x Select or deselect an item in the main list
Shift + x Select a block of items
z Undo last action


Tip: You can make notifications stay on screen for 30 seconds. Then you can press Shift + b to navigate to the notification and take an action.

To make notifications stay on the screen longer:

  1. On your computer, open Inbox.
  2. In the top left, go to Menu Menu.
  3. At the bottom, choose Settings Settings.
  4. Choose Other.
  5. Check the box next to "Make notifications stay on the screen longer."
  6. Select Done.


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