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+title: "Going Fast With GMail's Keyboard Shortcuts"
+date: 2011-11-16 17:26
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+I'm frequently surprised by how many people don't know about the awesome [GMail keyboard shortcuts](http://mail.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=6594) that are built in to the web application. (And yes, this is the 1 billionth google hit on this topic, but the battle against ignorance is won post by post!)
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+I use them constantly, and they really help churn through the inbox efficiently and effectively.
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+First, you need to turn them on:
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+* Settings (Gear icon) -> General -> Keyboard Shortcuts On
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+Click the link above to see the overall list, but the basics I always use:
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+* __x__ => select a message
+* __e__ => archive a message
+* __j__/__k__ => Move to next/previous conversation
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+Just those 4 keys will let you BLAST through conversations that don't apply to you. I often end up doing (x,j,x,j,x,j,e) (select 3 conversations, then archive the lot of them in one swoop.) If it's spam, or something I know I'll never need again, replace '__e__' with '__#__' (_delete_)
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+* __#__ => delete selected conversation
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+Ok, so sometimes you actually need to read a conversation:
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+* __o__ => open the conversation under the cursor for reading
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+Our good friend '__x__' will pop you right back to the main view, with the current message selected.
+So if there's a lot of messages I need to read, (o,x,j,o,x,j,.... e) will be reading through them all, then archiving the bunch.
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+If it's one of those conversations that you think will go on for a while
+and isn't relevant, the wonderful __m__ (_mute_) will pre-archive the
+rest of the conversation, without you having to deal with it popping
+back up later! (I have to imagine there are some monster and
+interminable threads that happen in the googleplex.)
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+* __m__ => mute the conversation
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+And then there's replying! Using shortcuts gets you another gorgeous side effect, way lower risk of accidentally reply-all'ing.
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+When you have a message selected
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+* __r__ => reply
+* __a__ => reply-all
+* __f__ => forward
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+Boom. Tasty efficiency.

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