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Gmail Quick Tip — Keyboard Shortcuts

The reason I am as fast on a computer as I am is my use of keyboard shortcuts to navigate, edit, and control the machine. (And, in the Realm of the Geek, one measure of your skilz is how much you can do without touching your mouse. Reaching for the mouse slows you down, and makes you look like a newb.)

I have a Gmail account (I think one or two of you may have one too) and one of the first things I did was to go into my account settings and enable keyboard shortcuts. Gmail always allows the standard editing shortcuts when you are composing (Ctrl + U for underscore, etc.), but many more are available.

To enable keyboard shortcuts, click “Settings” (upper right), and click on “enable”, and then scroll to the bottom of the page and click the “Save changes” button. That’s it. Done.

Now you can navigate, mark, flag, reply, etc. with a keystroke. Any time you need to refresh your memory of the various commands, enter a “?” and the list will open. To see the list of available shortcut commands now, click here.

Using Your Keyboard Instead Of Your Mouse*

Shortcuts for Word

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October 6, 2009 - Posted by | advice, computers, e-mail, Google, how to | , , , , , , , ,


  1. TechPaul,

    Thanks for this tip! I need to dig down into my Gmail settings more than I do to find these hidden gems.



    Comment by Ramblinrick | October 7, 2009 | Reply

  2. Rick,
    Thank you for your support.


    Comment by techpaul | October 7, 2009 | Reply

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