How do I select multiple emails in Gmail using keyboard?

Answered by Edward Huber

To select multiple emails in Gmail using your keyboard, you can enable the keyboard shortcut feature. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to do it:

1. Open your Gmail account in your web browser.
2. Press the question mark (?) key while holding the Shift key. This will display a list of available keyboard shortcuts.
3. Scroll down the list until you find the option to enable keyboard shortcuts. It should be listed as “Keyboard shortcuts off.”
4. Press the “Enable” link next to the “Keyboard shortcuts off” option. This will turn on the keyboard shortcuts feature.

Once you have enabled the keyboard shortcuts, you can use the following key combinations to select multiple emails:

1. Use the arrow keys: You can use the up and down arrow keys to navigate through your email list. Pressing the down arrow key will select the next email, while pressing the up arrow key will select the previous email.

2. Use the “X” key: While navigating through your email list using the arrow keys, you can press the “X” key to select or deselect an email. This is useful for selecting multiple emails in a non-sequential order.

3. Use the Shift key: To select a range of emails, you can press and hold the Shift key. While holding Shift, use the arrow keys to navigate to the first email you want to select. Then, press the spacebar to mark the first checkbox of the chunk. Continue using the arrow keys to navigate to the last email you want to select and press the spacebar again to mark the last checkbox of the chunk. This will select all the emails in between.

4. Use the “Shift + # of emails” combination: Another way to select multiple emails in a sequential order is to press the Shift key and then press the number key corresponding to the number of emails you want to select. For example, pressing “Shift + 3” will select the current email and the next two emails.

It’s worth noting that you can combine these selection methods to suit your specific needs. For instance, you can use the arrow keys to navigate to a specific email, press “X” to select it, and then hold Shift to select a range of emails from that point.

By using these keyboard shortcuts, you can efficiently select multiple emails in Gmail without relying on the mouse. It can save you time and make managing your inbox more convenient.