Keyboard shortcuts for Gmail

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 Gmail.
  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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