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I've been searching for a way to access the CC field on GMail quickly. However, seems like there's no official shortcut (besides doing mad TAB TAB TAB TAB TAB TAB ENTER). There was a userscript published on lifehacker http://lifehacker.com/393844/always-show-gmails-cc-field-user-script that doesn't work anymore.

Anyone knows an alternative?

Update Also disabling all the javascript/ajax functionality that gmail provides by default is not an option. So no "Basic HTML". Sorry.

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Yes, I think your only option would be to update your script. But it does seem very complicated and unfortunately I wasn't able to do it quickly. – cregox Oct 9 '10 at 19:59

If you’re using Chrome on a Mac, you can press:

  • Cmd+Shift+C to add CC recipients;
  • Cmd+Shift+B to add BCC recipients.
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This also works for me on Firefox for Mac – Ash Berlin Aug 12 '14 at 15:33

There is actually an official shortcut but it is kind of hidden. Try pressing the keys b or d to compose your message instead of c.

Source: Google Operating System

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Yes! Thanks, this works! – Adriano Varoli Piazza Jan 19 '11 at 20:13
Careful, though: when replying to a message, if you unfocus with Esc, and then press c, b, or d, it will try to open a "compose new message" window. If you had already written text, it will alert you, though. Bottom line, this doesn't work for replies. Shame. – Adriano Varoli Piazza Jan 20 '11 at 13:24
b currently does nothing for me, and d composes in a new window – André Terra Mar 28 at 15:43

If you enable the "Custom keyboard shortcuts" in the Labs, one of the options you can set is "Compose and show Cc field". Using this will open a new Compose editor with the CC field open.

Doesn't help with replies, though. And since it's a Lab feature it could get turned off any time.

It sounds like a feature that should be requested.

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This is a very old topic and as far as I see, Google is still deaf about, so I decided to post my solution just for reference.

I'm a big fan of AutoHotKey and this is my Firefox script for Gmail replies (just press F2 after filling the "to" field):

#IfWinActive ahk_class MozillaWindowClass
F2::    Send {tab}{tab}{tab}{tab}{tab}{tab}{enter}
    sleep 100
    Send ^{home}{delete}
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Scroll down your Gmail page and click on Basic view. Now compose. It cuts down on Gmail’s functionality, but it always displays the CC/BCC fields.

Direct link to basic HTML view.

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hehe... +1 :) Goal achieved :D – Lipis Sep 12 '10 at 21:30
Sorry, but I need a solution that doesn't rip off all of the gmail functionality. – kuroir Sep 13 '10 at 6:06
It doesn't really rip off "all" of the gmail functionality? :) – thunderror Sep 15 '10 at 18:30

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