Advanced Gmail Keyboard Commands That Save Time

I am a heavy user, and prefer to use the keyboard shortcuts to save some time while dealing with emails. One of my favorite tricks is to quickly archive labeled emails in Gmail. In addition to that I also use several other quick keyboard shortcuts to achieve things that would save me more than a few seconds. Here are few of the keyboard shortcut commands, which will be helpful to you.


Quickly Archive Labeled Email in Gmail

To achieve this trick you will have to enable the Go to labelfeature in Gmail Labs. You will find instructions for doing it on this post. Here is the key combination you will require to use to quickly archive emails from a certain label.

Press g + land type the label name, then press Shift + 8" together (*) and press ato select all email, finally press eto archive the selected email.

Archive Label Email Command: g + l > type label name > * + a > e

Quickly Mark All Unread Emails as Read or Archive Them

Using these commands you can select all the unread emails on a page and mark them as read or archive them

Mark as Read Command: * + u > Shift + i

Archive Command: * + u > e

Quickly Mark All Read Emails as Unread or Archive Them

Using these commands you can select all the read emails on a page and mark them as unread or archive them

Mark as Unread Command: * + r > Shift + u

Archive Command: * + r > e

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Gmail Introduces Duplicate Contact Cleaner for Merging Contacts

Quite sometime back we had told you how to remove duplicate contacts in Windows Live Hotmail and removing duplicate contacts in Yahoo Mail, back then did not have the ability to remove duplicate contacts.

However, there was an announcement at the Gmail Blog today, where they introduced a new feature to delete duplicate contacts from your Gmail contacts list.

Removing Duplicate Contacts in Gmail

To remove duplicate contacts from Gmail, follow the steps given below.

Step 1: Login to Gmail and click on the contacts link in the sidebar. You can also load the standalone Gmail contacts page.


Step 2: Click on the Find duplicate buttons in the right hand pane.


Step 3: Once you click on the button, Gmail will scan your contacts for duplicates and display it to you. You can choose the contacts and decide to merge them into a single one, thus cleaning up the duplicate contacts from your Gmail account.

This can come in pretty handy if you use your Gmail contacts as the base contacts and sync it with Outlook or your mobile phone.

Unlock Locked Google/Gmail Accounts

Have you ever come across scenarios when you try to login to your Google or account and find out that your account is locked?


In many cases, there is not much you can do. You might have to wait between 1-24 hours to get your account working again. Thanks to, we came across an URL which could possibly unlock locked Google/Gmail accounts.


The unlock page contains a email and password field and a captcha, however, there is not indication whether this will actually unlock locked accounts. Nevertheless, if your account has been locked, you might want to try out this page to see if it actually unlocks your account. If you are interested in finding out the reasons on why Google blocks accounts, you might want to visit this Google help page.

P.S. If you are able to unlock your locked Gmail/Google accounts using the URL, please leave a comment on this page so that others can benefit from it.

Unlock Gmail/Google Accounts

Only View Unread Message/Emails In Gmail

Whenever you login to your account, you will be displayed a hierarchal list of emails based on received date. However, what if you want to only view unread messages in your Inbox?

In previous editions of , we have told you how to mark all unread messages as read, and also how to sort unread messages based on dates. Using another simple trick, you can only view the unread messages in your Gmail inbox.

The tip involves performing a search and saving the URL as a bookmark. Here are the steps involved for viewing only unread messages in Gmail inbox.


Step 1: Login to Gmail and perform a search using is:unread in:inbox. Use the exact terms without the quotes and click on the Search mail button. The search will display all the unread emails from your inbox.


Step 2: Once the search has loaded, bookmark the URL. (Hint: Pressing the Ctrl + D, should do the trick in most browsers). Give the bookmark a appropriate name and save it.

The next time you want to view the unread messages in your Gmail Inbox, click on the bookmark. You do not need to create multiple bookmarks for different accounts. When you click on the bookmark, it will display the unread emails, for the account you have logged in to Gmail with.

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Block/Disable Ads In Gmail With A Simple Signature Hack [Hacks & Mods]

is a really great email service, what with so many features making it one of the best online email service.

However there are several ads displayed when you open a email in Gmail, this can get a bit annoying, however according to a excellent tip from Lifehacker, you can now disable ads in Gmail by using a simple signature.

We tested it out as you can see from the image below and it works like a charm.


The trick involves adding a simple sentence as your signature and bam no more ads in Gmail, the sentence you need to add as your signature is;

I enjoy the massacre of ads. This sentence will slaughter ads without a messy bloodbath.

Copy it and go to settings and add it to your signature to disable ads in Gmail sidebar.

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Gmail Offers Automatic Unsubscribe Option For Mailing Lists

Quite recently I have been on the receiving end of some email newsletters, no matter how hard I try to unsubscribe from them they still sending them to me, the most logical option for me in such cases is to mark such messages as spam.

With that experience, I automatically tend to mark newsletters as spam, looks like has been watching such behaviors and have added a new feature that will ask you if you want to unsubscribe from a mailing list while marking it as spam.


According to Lifehacker, the Gmail help page on auto-unsubscribe states this;

We don’t think you should be burdened with managing messages you don’t want to receive. We do our best to put messages in Spam when we’re pretty sure you won’t want or need them. But everyone has different preferences about the mail they want to see. You may not want to read any messages sent by a certain company or mailing list, while another Gmail user finds these same messages to be valuable.

To help solve this problem, we’re providing you with an unsubscribe tool for some messages. You’ll see the unsubscribe tool when you mark a message from particular types of mailing lists as spam. If the particular message is a misuse of a mailing list you like to receive, you can Report spam as usual. But if you never want to receive another message or newsletter from that list again, click Unsubscribe instead. We’ll send a request to the sender that your email address be removed from the list. It’s that simple!

Definitely a really good feature, since it would save me quite a lot of time to have Gmail auto-unsubscribe from a mailing list, rather than me having to do it manually.

What do you think about this new feature? Will it be useful to you? Do let us know.

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Send Exe Files As Attachments In Gmail

and many other email providers disallow users from sending email with .exe (executable files) and many other file types including .class (java compiled files) or any other compiled files, or any other type of files that can be remotely executed when someone downloads them.

In addition to that it also blocks zip compressed files which contains executable or compiled files. Though this is done for security reasons, it can get annoying at times.

Is there a way around this? Yes these is, not one but two different ways.

The first way according to Lost In Technology is to rename the file to something else and then attach it to email, this works good enough.


However there is another way to do this, you can also archive the files using RAR compression, here is a simple test we ran, where we zipped a files called csstidy.exe into both zip and RAR archives.


The files were uploaded properly, however the email was not sent out since Gmail detected the executable file in the compressed zip file, however since RAR is a proprietary algorithm, Gmail does not have any means to scan the .rar files.

This is a tip for people who want to send executables or compiled files using Gmail, however if you are on the receiving end of such a email with a .rar attachment, make sure to scan it before you use it, since it may contain viruses or spywares.

If you are unsure how to do it, visit our earlier post on Online Security Tips How do you keep your computer secure and safe, if you are interested in reading more for Gmail, don’t forget to visit the section.

Gmail Adds Drag & Drop For Labels, Label Hiding and More

has rolled out some new features that will allow managing of labels much more easier than before, the new features include moving the labels to a much more convenient location, which is below your main email folders.


In addition to that you can also hide and show the labels to save space. Gmail will automatically determine which labels you use most and display it to you, however you can choose which labels to show and which labels to hide.

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In addition to that users can now directly drag and drop their emails onto a label or drag a label onto a email to apply that label to it, you can also select multiple conversations while dragging and dropping.

The new features are not part of , so you don’t have to change any settings, however the features will be gradually rolled out to all users throughout the day.

Labels: drag and drop, hiding and more [Official Gmail Blog]

Gmail Tips and Tricks From Google

is a great email service and we have been writing several here, however no matter how many we right, there are always going to be quite a few things that you can still learn.

Google has now created a new page where they list out tips and tricks for Gmail Ninjas :-).

The tips are divided into 4 different categories, White Belt for people who receive only few emails, Green belt for people who get dozen or so messages a day.


Black belt for people who get a lot of messages a day, and Gmail master for people who receive massive amounts of email message a day.

Whichever category you fall in the tips are really interesting and should definitely help you get started out or keep your email organized.Visit Gmail Tips from Google. Thanks @googleos.

So You Want to Be a Gmail Ninja? [Official Gmail Blog]

Gmail Labs Introduces Automatic Message Translations

is at it again, adding an immensely useful feature to their already feature powered email service, the new feature called Message Translation will allow users to translate message in foreign languages into the language you understand.

This feature is immensely useful, as many times we do receive email messages that are not in a language we understand.

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