How to enable keyboard shortcuts in Gmail

January 17, 2022

Here is a quick guide on how you can enable keyboard shortcuts in Gmail.

Unfortunately, Gmail does not have keyboard shortcuts enabled by default. Luckily, it takes less than a minute to set up.

Learning the shortcuts is by far the most timesaving thing you can do with Gmail, so I strongly recommend enabling them and diving straight into it.

Step 1 – Go to settings.
Click the cog-wheel icon to open the settings panel.

Open the Gmail settings panel

Step 2 – Click See all settings.
This opens a page with all the settings you can adjust in Gmail.

Go to the Gmail settings page for all settings

Step 3 – Enable keyboard shortcuts
On the General tab, scroll down to keyboard shortcuts.

Scroll down when on the general tab

Tick the radio button “Keyboard shortcuts on”

Step 4 – Remember to save
On the same page: scroll all the way down and click Save Changes.

Click Save Changes at the bottom of the page

Step 5 – All Done! Check that the keyboard shortcuts are enabled.
Go back to your inbox, then press shift + ? at the same time on your keyboard. Doing so will show you an overlay with all the keyboard shortcuts you can use.

View of all keyboard shortcuts in Gmail