Become a master at navigating your inbox with keyboard shortcuts. Many of us are familiar with keyboard shortcuts in other applications and software. Did you know that Google Apps has its own set of shortcuts as well? Follow this simple guide to using your keyboard short cuts and you'll be sure to fly through your inbox!
How to Enable Keyboard Shortcuts
Simply navigate to to 'mail settings' by locating the gear in the upper right corner of your inbox. Click the gear for the drop down menu where you will find mail settings.
You will be brought into 'General Settings' tab. Here, you will find where to turn on keyboard shortcuts. Don't forget to save your changes!
Using Keyboard Shortcuts
Now that you have enabled your keyboard shortcuts, you will be able to navigate through you inbox without ever taking your hands off the keyboard and to the mouse. Here are some simple short cuts to get you started:
- c: This is equal to the compose button and will bring up a blank email to be drafted
- j and k: While you are reading a message, you can easily navigate to the next or previous message using 'j' and 'k' on the keyboard. Hitting the j key will bring you to the older message and k will bring you to the next message.
- tab + enter: This key combination will send the current message you are drafting.
- ?: Hitting the question mark will bring up a list of all shortcut keys. You may rely on this list while you are getting used to the different shortcuts, but in no time you will be a master of speed in your inbox
The Keyboard Shortcuts
After you hit '?' on your keyboard, a list of the following will display on your screen.
Customize your Keyboard Shortcuts
Perhaps you previously had a shortcut system in place and you are wishing Google Mail was the same set of shortcut keys. Well, you have the option to customize your own shortcut keys.
Enable Custom Keyboard Shortcuts Lab
If you want to have the option to customize your own keyboard shortcuts, you must first enable the lab. Again, navigate to the gear in the upper right corner of your inbox and go to 'mail settings'. From there you will locate the 'labs' tab and click.
Now, locate the lab titled 'Custom Keyboard Shortcuts' and be sure the enable this lab.
Once this lab is enabled, a new tab is created under your mail settings called 'keyboard shortcuts'.
Choose Your New Keyboard Shortcuts
Now that you have enabled the lab and the new tab is created in your mail settings, navigate back into your mail settings via the gear in the upper right corner. From there, locate the new tab 'keyboard shortcuts' and click.
In this tab, you will now have to ability to customize your own keyboard shortcuts!
Just another way Google Apps allows you to customize your account to your individual needs! Feel free to leave a comment with the great ways your use and customize you own keyboard shortcuts.