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In the new Yahoo! mail I can select multiple checkboxes against my email subjects and press k to perform the action Mark as read.

Is there a similar alternative in GMail?

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Gmail "Mark as Read": Shift + I


Other useful keyboard shortcuts:

  • Display a list of Gmail keyboard shortcuts: Shift + / or (?)

  • Select all unread conversations: *, then u

Also, you could map K to "Mark as read," just like in Yahoo mail. The "Custom keyboard shortcuts" Gmail labs feature lets you customize your keyboard shortcut mappings. It adds a new Settings tab from which you can remap keys to various actions.

...or you can add a "Mark as Read" button via another Gmail labs feature.

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thnx. I would also like to add one more thing to this answer: If this doesn't work, go to the Settings page and select 'Keyboard shortcuts on'. –  Monis Iqbal Jul 9 '10 at 9:45
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<Shift> + i Mark as read -Marks your message as 'read' and skip to the next message.

<Shift> + u Mark as unread -Marks your message as 'unread' so you can go back to it later.

Full list of Keyboard shortcuts

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thnx. I would also like to add one more thing to this answer: If this doesn't work, go to the Settings page and select 'Keyboard shortcuts on'. –  Monis Iqbal Jul 9 '10 at 9:45
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In Gmail you can use "?", that is shift + / for the ?, you can see the keyboard shortcuts.

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Shift+I - Mark as Read and move on to the next message.

http://mail.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=6594

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