3 tricks to make writing and replying to email faster

Tech TipsOnce upon a time not too long ago, in the efforts to reduced thousands of unread messages in Gmail to zero, I’ve found a valuable shortcut. A simply magic word typed in Gmail’s search box will give you a complete list of emails which you have not read.

Since then, I’ve used some shortcuts to make managing, composing and replying to emails much faster. Here are my top three favourite tricks.

1. Check all unread messages on Gmail
Go to Gmail search box, type “in: unread” and hit enter. You will see all emails you’ve not read!

Gmail shortcuts

2. Reply without scrolling or clicking
Don’t waste your time scrolling all the way to the bottom of the message or even bother opening the top right arrow icon to click “Reply”. Simply press the “r” key and you will be lead to the compose screen immediately.

To do this, your keyboard shortcuts must be activated. Click on the ‘Settings’ link at the top right of the screen and select the button on ‘Keyboard shortcut on’.

Gmail shortcuts

3. To attach photos, just drag and drop images into compose screen
New features on Gmail allows you to drop ad drag images into the compose screen. There is no need to “attach” images. Watch the video clip below to see how to do it.

There are plenty of lot of other keyboard shortcuts available (see them here), but I rarely found them useful. If your work requires you to reply to a lot of email via Gmail, you might want to check it out.

Do you use any other shortcuts? Let us know below, on Facebook or Twitter.


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