gmail supports keyboard shortcuts for fast and efficient reading and managing messages. Learn how to use the Gmail message toolbar and keyboard shortcuts to navigate to next or previous post.

The instructions in this article apply to Gmail on the web and the Gmail mobile app for iOS and Android.

How to enable Gmail keyboard shortcuts

To use Gmail labels, you first need to enable them in menu » Settings» .

  1. Select device in the top right corner of Gmail, and then select » Settings» in the drop down menu.

    Screenshot of Gmail with Settings menu item highlighted
  2. Make sure you are on tab General .

    Screenshot of Gmail settings with the General tab highlighted
  3. Scroll down to section » Keyboard Shortcuts ‘ and select ‘ Keyboard Shortcuts on» .

    Screenshot of general Gmail settings with
  4. Scroll down the page and select Save Changes .

    Screenshot of Gmail settings with Save Changes button highlighted

How to go to the next or previous message in Gmail

To jump to the next or previous message while viewing an email:

  • Click j, to go to the next (older) message, or select > Near gear .
  • Click k, to go to the previous (newer) message, or select < Near gear .
Press j or k to switch between messages, or select > or <около передачи.

How to Scroll Message List Cursor in Gmail

The same keyboard shortcuts also work for the email selection cursor in any message list in Gmail:

  • Click j, to move the cursor down to the next (older) message in the list, then press enter, to open it.
  • Click k, to move the cursor up to the previous (newer) message in the list, then press enter, to open it.

If you are at the top or bottom of the list for the current page, pressing j or k will not advance the cursor further; You must use the toolbar to navigate to the next or previous page.

How to go to next or previous message in Gmail Basic HTML

Keyboard shortcuts don’t work in Gmail Basic (plain HTML) so you must use the toolbar to view your messages. When viewing an email:

Screenshot of Gmail Basic HTML with links highlighted "New and old messages"

Go to the next or previous message in Gmail Mobile

To quickly jump between emails when viewing messages in the Gmail app or mobile web browser:

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