How to Customize Keyboard Shortcuts in Gmail

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Gmail already has a fairly comprehensive list of keyboard shortcuts to make your life easier, but it also offers the opportunity to change them, if you’re so inclined. Personally, I’m a fan of the shortcuts as they are. Google uses a relatively easy-to-understand system, such as ‘c’ for compose, and ‘r’ for reply. There are a few though, that I never seemed to remember, so I changed them.

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You can too.

1. Open Gmail and login, if necessary.

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2. Click the gear icon in the upper right and select Settings.

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3. Click the Labs tab at the top of the page.


4. Enable Custom keyboard shortcuts.


5. Click Save Changes.

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6. Click the gear icon again and select Settings after the page refreshes.

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7. Click Keyboard Shortcuts.


8. Delete the existing key and add a new one to any of the actions you’d like.

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9. Click Save changes.