6 of the best Gmail tricks you never knew existed

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#Gmail #Tricks6 of the best Gmail tricks you never knew existed : Whether you’re inundated with messages from family members and friends, responding to clients day in and day out or are constantly bombarded with PR pitches (like us), you probably wish that you could work your way through your Gmail inbox faster. As it turns out, with a few simple tricks, you can.

A few years ago, a Quora user asked the internet if they would share some lesser known Gmail tips. Over 100 answers later, the thread has become a surprisingly useful resource for anyone who uses Gmail on a regular basis.

Rather than ask you to sort through all 100+ answers, we’ve cherry-picked 6 of the most valuable tips and tricks from the list, all of which you can see below:

Use keyboard shortcuts

While viewing a list of threads (i.e. Inbox, All Mail, Drafts, search results, etc.):

  • c to compose a new mail
  • j and k to move the cursor down and up
  • x to select/deselect the current thread that’s pointed to by the cursor
  • e to archive all threads that have been selected
  • [Enter] to go into the thread pointed to by the cursor
  • “g i” to go to my Inbox
  • “g a” to go to All Mail
  • “g d” to go to Drafts

While inside a thread:

  • n and p to browse down and up messages inside a thread (move the cursor up and down)
  • a to reply all (or r to reply individually, but that’s rare) to the message currently pointed to by the cursor
  • f to forward the message that’s pointed to by the cursor
  • u to go back to the previous thread list view, which could be your Inbox, All Mail, Drafts, etc. This is the same as the back button
  • s to toggle through the stars on the message currently pointed to by the cursor

Other useful shortcuts:

  • / to make the search bar active
  • “* u” to select all unread emails
  • “* n” to deselect all emails
  • Shift+i to mark all selected emails as read
  • Shift+u to mark all selected emails as unread
  • While inside a thread, Shift+u will bring you back to the previous thread list view and marking the current thread as unread. I do this a lot to keep important threads at the top of my inbox. – Kevin Wang