Keyboard shortcuts for Gmail

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Save time navigating in Gmail by using keyboard shortcuts.

Note: To learn how to customize keyboard shortcuts like in Outlook, visit section 2.6 of the Learning Center.

When you have a keyboard connected to your iPad, you can use the following keyboard shortcuts for the Gmail app.

Note: Keyboard shortcuts aren't currently supported in the Gmail app for iPhones.

Turn on keyboard shortcuts

Note: Keyboard shortcuts aren't supported on all keyboards.

  1. On an iPad, open the Gmail app .
  2. In the top left, tap Menu Menu and then Settings Settings.
  3. Tap Enable keyboard shortcuts.

Shortcuts you can use

Some shortcuts will show a description when you touch and hold the ⌘ on the keyboard you have connected to your iPad. To use a shortcut, tap the key after you have turned keyboard shortcuts on.

Shortcuts (with description available)
Action Shortcut
Undo z
Unselect all u
Mark as spam !
Delete #
Reply all a
Compose c
Mute m
Archive e
Forward f
Reply r
Select x
Mark as read Shift + i
Mark as unread Shift + u
Refresh ⌘ + u


Use the following shortcuts when composing an email: 

Action Shortcut
Delete a line ⌘ + Delete
Delete a word Option + Delete
Send  ⌘ + Return
Close ⌘ + w
Shortcuts (without a description)
Action Shortcut
Go back Escape
Open item Return
Previous item Up arrow
Next item Down arrow
Next conversation j
Previous conversation k
Next message n
Previous message p
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