Love Gmail shortcut keys but not all of them. Is it possible to selectively delete some keys?

I tried going to Settings > Keyboard Shortcuts and clearing some of the defaults in the Key(s) column but doing just that doesn't allow me to save my changes. The Save Change button is not active. I can make the Save Change button active my adding a new key but when I save changes my deleted keys are brought back (and found I was able to define the same key to > 1 command, btw). Any ideas?

  • "clearing some of the defaults in the Key(s)" - This presumably requires that the "Custom keyboard shortcuts" lab extension is enabled? Stock Gmail has no such option.
    – MrWhite
    Commented Mar 14, 2016 at 8:55

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Unfortunately, looks like it's all-or-nothing for Gmail shortcut keys.

  • That's what I figured. Thanks.
    – Jay Riggs
    Commented Sep 7, 2011 at 3:11

If you go to Labs and enable the Custom Keyboard Shortcut lab experiment, you can set custom keyboard shortcuts for every available action. While this does not allow you to un-set a particular shortcut, you can use up to 3 keystrokes to define a shortcut. If you set a shortcut to something that you are highly unlikely to type, then it will be difficult to accidentally trigger it, effectively rendering it disabled.

FWIW, I found that I had to refresh the page to remove the old shortcut (bizarrely, the new shortcut works immediately).

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    +1. Damn, looks like there is no shortcut to 'Send mail' in that labs gadget. Just the shortcut I wanted to disable (Ctrl+enter) Commented May 1, 2014 at 12:23

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