To send an email in Gmail, I use the tab key to switch focus to the 'send' button and then press enter. However, this conflicts with smart compose, which uses tab to accept the suggested text. I don't want to disable smart compose entirely, I just want to be able to send an email with the keyboard without accepting smart compose suggestions. How do I do this?

Unwanted smart compose suggestion in finished email

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There are at least two ways:

  • Easiest: use ctrl+Enter to send instead of Tab Enter. This shortcut works even if you have keyboard shortcuts turned off in Gmail's settings. If this combination doesn't work for you you can set a custom shortcut.
  • Alternative: use one of the arrow keys to move the cursor off the end of the sentence. The smart compose suggestion will disappear and you can use Tab Enter as usual.

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