Did you know that Gmail has a ton of built-in shortcuts? They’re turned off by default, but if you’re a heavy Gmail user you can turn them on to make going through your inbox a bit more efficient.
For instance, once enabled, Shift+I can make a message as read, # can delete it, and Shift+C can start a new message in a new window. The shortcuts can be super useful (we even rounded up a ton of our favourites here) as long as you actually use them.
Picking up a new habit like using shortcuts can take a little bit of an adjustment to get used to. KeyRocket is a Chrome extension that can help.
The extension pays attention to what you’re doing in Gmail and then subtly reminds you when you could have used a keyboard shortcut in a situation where you chose to use mouse clicks and the like instead.
If you’re just getting to use shortcuts, then the extension can be a helpful way for you to remind yourself as you go what shortcuts are available so you can use them in the future.
And if you didn’t know Gmail had shortcuts in the first place, you can turn those on by going into the Settings menu of Gmail and scrolling down to the “Keyboard Shortcuts” menu within the General tab.