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While composing a message in Gmail is there a way to create a keyboard shortcut that will create a new link by pressing the CTRL+L combination?

When I want to create a link in sites like Stack Overflow and Stack Exchange sites, I automatically hit the keys for CTRL+L which brings up the hyperlink helper.

Can the same be enabled for emailing in Gmail?

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Google has heard you and there is now a hyperlink shortcut in Gmail:

Ctrl + K (Cmd + K for Mac users)

It works only if the cursor is in the message field, not in the To, Cc, Bcc or Subject ones. And, in Chrome on Mac, it works even when the shortcuts are disabled.

See here.

This shortcut is not yet documented in the official Gmail keyboard shortcuts list, so don't look for it there.

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  • Note that it's still not documented in the official Gmail keyboard shortcuts list, so don't look for it there.
    – Alex
    Commented Feb 1, 2012 at 15:46
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    For Mac users, use Cmd + K. Observation: the cursor must be in the message field, not To, Cc, Bcc or Subject.
    – Alex
    Commented Feb 1, 2012 at 15:49
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    And it seems to be working even when the shortcuts are disabled. In Chrome, on Mac at list.
    – Alex
    Commented Feb 1, 2012 at 15:51
  • @Alex - feel free to add your comments to my answer. they are certainly relevant. Commented Feb 1, 2012 at 16:06
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    you can also press "?" (shift + /) for a list of keyboard shortcuts
    – mjrider
    Commented Feb 1, 2012 at 17:56
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While there is a "Custom keyboard shortcuts" Lab for Gmail which will let you redefine the existing keyboard shortcuts, there doesn't appear to be one for creating a link. (You can send them feedback about that, of course.)

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