If you’re a keyboard shortcut-lover using Gmail’s new Priority Inbox feature or the awesome new Gmail calling feature, you’ve got three new shortcuts you’ll want to add to your Gmail repertoire.
Change Message Priority with ‘+’ (plus) or ‘-‘ (minus)
Google’s new Priority Inbox learns what messages are important to you and tries to bring the most important to the top. If it gets it wrong, you can mark any message as important or unimportant by selecting it and clicking the new plus or minus buttons in the toolbar.
If you want to do the same from the keyboard, though, you just navigate to the message you want to change using the ‘j’ and ‘k’ shortcuts, hit ‘x’ to select the message or messages you want to re-prioritise and then hit either the ‘+’ (plus) or ‘-‘ (minus) sign. As you might expect, the plus sign marks a message as important, while the minus sign marks a message as unimportant.
Make a Phone Call from Your Keyboard with ‘g’ then ‘p’
If you’re using Gmail’s new calling feature, they’ve introduced one more quick and convenient shortcut. You may already know that Gmail uses the ‘g’ key in conjunction with other keys to navigate to different folders or labels. For example, pressing ‘g’ then ‘i’ takes you to your inbox.
The ‘g’ shortcut also works for phone calls now, too. Type ‘g’, then ‘p’ to bring up Gmail’s new phone dialler. Type the name of the contact you want to call and let the autocomplete take care of the rest.
And the Rest?
We’ve highlighted Gmail’s best keyboard shortcuts before, but just remember: If you can’t remember every shortcut, just memorise one: ‘?’ (question mark). It opens Gmail’s shortcut help so you can find any elusive shortcut you can’t remember.