Top 5 lesser known Gmail tricks:
1.Every Gmail user has two email addresses:
For example: If you have a Gmail id: email@example.com, the second one is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gmail is ‘dot-blind’ and will ignore any dot in your email address before @ sign.
Gmail doesn’t recognize dots as characters within usernames, you can add or remove the dots from a Gmail address without changing the actual destination address; they’ll all go to your inbox, and only yours.
Assuming your email address is email@example.com,
all email directed to
and any other dot-variant addresses will be delivered to your Gmail inbox.
3.Reply to selected text:
There’s a Google Mail feature you have to use. Seriously. You must. Because copying an entire chain of messages after your reply doesn’t make any sense when people can scroll down to see all the messages, chained one after the other. What makes sense is to only provide the snippet that you are actually replying to. And that’s why you need to do this:
1.Select the text you are replying to in Gmail.
2.Hit the reply button.
3.Boom! Only the selected text will be quoted.
I know, this is common in all mail programs, but most people don’t know it exists in Gmail too.
4.Direct pasting of image that has been copied to clipboard:
You can copy images within Chrome. Just right-click on any image, choose “Copy image”.
and then you can paste it directly into Gmail.
This is a super time saver. Never use the mouse again to do the same old things on Gmail.
Here are my navigation favorites:
|c||Compose||Allows you to compose a new message. Shift + c allows you to compose a message in a new window.|
|d||Compose in a new tab||Opens a compose window in a new tab.|
|/||Search||Puts your cursor in the search box.|
|n||Newer message||In ‘Conversation view’, moves your cursor to the newer message. You can hit Enter to expand or collapse a message.|
|p||Previous message||In ‘Conversation view’, moves your cursor to the older message. You can hit Enter to expand or collapse a message.|
|o or Enter||Open||Opens your conversation. Also expands or collapses a message if you are in ‘Conversation View.’|
|r||Reply||Replies to the message sender. Shift + r allows you to reply to a message in a new window. (Only applicable in ‘Conversation View.’)|
|f||Forward||Forwards a message. Shift + f allows you to forward a message in a new window. (Only applicable in ‘Conversation View.’)|
|#||Delete||Moves the conversation to Trash.|
|l||Label||Opens the Labels menu to label a conversation.|
|v||Move to||Moves the conversation from the inbox to a different label, Spam or Trash.|
|Shift + i||Mark as read||Marks your message as ‘read’ and skip to a newer message.|
|Shift + u||Mark as unread||Marks your message as ‘unread’ so you can go back to it later.|
|z||Undo||Reverses your previous action, if possible (works for actions with an ‘undo’ link)|
Before you can use these keyboard shortcuts, you’ll need to enable keyboard shortcuts in your settings:
- Click the gear in the top right and select settings.
- Find the “Keyboard shortcuts” section and select Keyboard shortcuts on.
- Click Save Changes at the bottom of the page.
Full list of shortcuts here: