I use Gmail's web application and I would like to delete a conversation by pressing the DEL key on my keyboard. By default, the delete shortcut is #.

I found the "Keyboard Shortcuts" section in Gmail settings. I know how to map this delete feature to any key except the DEL key. I tried to type DEL in the Custom keyboard shortcut section but it doesn't work.

Does anyone know how this can be done?


2 Answers 2


Stack Exchange is removing the symbol when posting. It's working for me. I looked up the ASCII no. for delete, it's 127, then used an ASCII number to char converter to obtain the symbol.

Note that the display of this symbol may appear blank on your screen, but it is indeed there.

  • This answer could be improved. It seems to lack some context. It is a bit unclear.
    – Blindspots
    Commented Mar 10 at 23:30

This Chrome extension worked for me: Delete Key for Gmail

Use the delete key without a modifier key like this:

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Note that it seems to work while the email is open, but not in list view. I suspect the extension could be modified to support list view. You could contact the developer via the Support section on the extension page if that is a feature you need.

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