Friday, March 26, 2010

GMail Keyboard Shortcuts - Part Three

Today we will be again be looking at Keyboard shortcuts. Yesterday we talked about how to manipulate emails from your inbox. Today we'll be talking about how to manipulate things while you are reading your actual email message instead of from the list.





Actions While You Are Reading A Conversation
I have been using the term "Conversation" instead of "email" (or at least I'm trying to remember to do so). The reason for this is because as you've hopefully noticed by now, GMail takes emails which are similar (I believe it does so based on the subject line being the same) and groups them together... making it easy to follow a conversation happening by email (also meaning less emails listed in your inbox, which is a plus for me). When you enter a conversation, typically only the new emails will be displayed, emails which are marked as read are collapsed at the top of the conversation. The following list of shortcuts are helpful while you are inside the conversation, but before I start those, please bear in mind that most of the keystrokes listed above also work while you are in the conversation. Here are some others you may want to know:
  • "p" - Previous email withing this conversation
  • "n" - Next email within this conversation
  • "o (or [Enter]) - Opens (or collapses) the selected email (watch for the triangle, and use n/p to move it up and down)
  • "m" - Mute the current conversation (will automatically archive all future emails that would normall have gone into this conversation... great for a mailing list conversation you're not interested in)
  • "r" - Reply to the current message (in the same window)
  • [Shift]-"R" - Reply to the current message (in a new window)
  • "f" - Forward the current message (in the same window)
  • [Shift]-"F" - Forward the current message (in a new window)
  • [Tab] then [Enter] - Send the email (after you're done composing/typing it)
  • "[" - Removes the conversation from the current list (removes the label), and then moves you to the next (older) conversation (great for when you're trying to get through lots of conversations without having to keep going back to the conversation list)
  • "]" - Removes the conversation from the current list (removes the label), and then moves you to the previous(newer) conversation


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