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Is there a keyboard shortcut to "Expand all" emails in a conversation after having navigated via j or k? Typing Enter after j or k doesn't do much.

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I'm looking for this too – Nam G VU Feb 17 '12 at 1:21
User also post on Gmail product site productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/gmail/dM9jadRIjOA – Nam G VU Jun 27 '12 at 3:04
I just created a Google Chrome extension to do this. Alt+A is the shortcut. – Neil Sep 6 '14 at 8:12
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As far as I know there isn't a keyboard shortcut for this.

You can use n (Next message) or p (previous message) to navigate up and down the conversation tree. You can then use o or Enter to expand an individual message that is part of a conversation.

Resource: Gmail Keyboard Shortcuts

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I don't see why not having a hotkey for expand/collapse all – Nam G VU Feb 17 '12 at 1:21

There is a "custom keyboard shortcut" feature you can enable in labs through Gmail > Settings. Once enabled you can use ";" for "expand all" and ":" for "collapse all" or setup other shortcut you want to use instead.

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To expand the conversation list, follow the step:

  1. Press j or k as the case may be to select a conversation.
  2. Press O to open the list which will have the oldest and newest conversation expanded and rest collapsed.
  3. Press n or p and you will notice that it selects the number against a collapsed conversation.
  4. Press o to open the conversation.
  5. Use n or p to navigate.
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