Gmail is one of the most favored email clients out there. It’s easy to use and powerful. If you are one of the numerous people who use Gmail, prehaps you are not using it as efficiently as you could. You most likely don’t realize this but Gmail has a huge selection of shortcuts to save you time. Better still, there is a single trick that allows you to pull up all of the shortcuts at once.

The Power of ?

What is the mysterious shortcut to access the shortcut cheat sheet? The question-mark key! All you have to do is be in a non text-input field and hit the question-mark. This automatically pulls up a list of all the shortcuts that are offered. One other way to open it, if you don’t just like the question mark, is to press the “Shift” key and the “+” sign on your keyboard.

The Shortcuts

There are a multitude of shortcuts at your disposal in Gmail, but just to get a taste we have detailed a few below.

  • By pressing the “c” key, you automatically begin composing a new message in Gmail. If you press “Shift” and then “c,” you’ll be able to compose that new message in a new window.
  • The “n” key moves your cursor to the next message in your inbox, while pressing the “p” key moves you to the previous message.
  • If you want to mark certain messages as being of high importance, hit the “s” key. This will star particular messages. If you hit the “-” key, you’ll label a message as being unimportant.

These shortcuts – and that is just the start of them – may not seem that important to you. But consider how much time you spend each day typing and responding to email messages. By utilizing these shortcuts, you can shave precious seconds off the time it takes to deal with each of your email messages. And those seconds add up at the end of the day. If you’re lucky, you may even carve out enough time to leave your computer and enjoy the outdoors. Crazier things have happened.