I use the Google Mail keyboard shortcuts a lot and I've just started working on a Mac. One shortcut I use a lot is delete, which Google Mail listens for the # key.

However, when I press the equivalent on the Mac keyboard (Alt+3) it doesn't work. I've tried pressing backspace and Fn+Backspace but no luck.

Anyone out there know the solution?

  • I don't have a US keyboard, but isn't it actually Shift+3? – slhck Jun 13 '11 at 8:44
  • No it's Alt+3 for #, but either way it still doesn't work. – Sam Huggill Jun 13 '11 at 13:20

It is Shift+3 within a message for Mac.
It is the same in the inbox as well

  1. You must move to the message with j/k
  2. Select a message with x
  3. Then press Shift+3

It could be that your keyboard layout is different.
Using a UK layout, it would be Option + 3 : + 3, but this does not work (Not sure why).
You can also remap your keys with the Google Labs feature : Custom keyboard shortcuts

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    Correct - with UK keyboard layout no combination works. Solved it using the google labs feature you suggested. – Sam Huggill Jun 13 '11 at 15:57
  • I'd love to know why, even though I couldn't care less about this issue! :P – cregox Jun 14 '11 at 12:47
  • TR Q keyboard is the same, couldn't get it to work. Now I have to find an appropriate (and empty!) key to remap... – Halil Özgür Oct 5 '13 at 13:51
  • @Cawas the reason i believe is in chrome the option key is used to switch tabs... at least on my keyboard – David Nov 5 '15 at 15:26
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    @DavidAnderton can't recall if I meant why shift+3 or why option+3, but right now I still see both as completely non-sensical key combinations a developer could choose for deleting. But, then again, so is cmd+shift+3 for screenshot... – cregox Nov 5 '15 at 15:38

With a Spanish Macbook keyboard I could not make it work: typing a # with neither Cmd-3 nor Shift-3 nor Cmd-Shift 3 worked...

"Google Labs feature : Custom keyboard shortcuts" worked fine (but remember to RELOAD the Gmail page before using newly defined keys).

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