Sometimes while writing an email in gmail I need to "pop out" the composer window to back to my inbox and check something. Is there a shortcut to do this?

I know about shift + c for opening a new message composer in a separate window, but often I'm already writing a message when I need this function. Also, yes there's is the little top right button you can click with the mouse, but I'd love to be able to do this via a shortcut.


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I like tinkering with Gmail, so I made a small script to do what you asked. It works for me in Firefox 5.0 with Greasemonkey.

The shortcut is Ctrl+Shift+Z. You can go through the source and change the shortcut if you wish.


Try pressing d - it's a Gmail shortcut to open compose in a new window.


The latest short cut for opening a new compose window in Gmail:

Try holding down the shift key while clicking compose - it opens a brand new compose window in the center of your screen, perfect for those who like a little extra space!

See the following Google+ post from Gmail.


From the inline compose form, type Shift-Tab to move focus to the menu, use the arrow keys to navigate to "Pop out reply", then press Enter.


For Compose pop-out simply press key "C"

To open Compose completely in new window "Shift+c"

Shift+a (Reply All) Shift+r (Reply) and Shift+f (Forward)

Note: These shortcuts will work if you have turned "Keyboard Shortcuts" ON under Gmail settings.

  • Those just open the regular compose window. The Asker is asking for a command to use the "pop-out" compose window.
    – ale
    Commented Aug 25, 2016 at 17:20

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