I am using Chrome on OS X with a UK keyboard and for some reason I cannot delete an email using #.

Pretty much every other email shortcut I use works but not this.

To get the hash key I am pressing alt+3, could this be the issue? If so, is there a better way to access the # key?


I'm from México using a Spanish-ISO keyboard on a MacBook.

The shortcut doesn't work with Alt+# so I used the LAB tab on Gmail settings to add "Keyboard Shortcuts by Alan S" and it's working great!

  • Nowadays, to enable Custom Keyboard shortcuts go to Gmail Settings > Advanced – Rubén Jun 9 '20 at 13:36

I think you have to turn on the keyboard shortcuts under setting.


I use key [ to delete gmail post I am currently reading ... by default keyboard shortcuts are disabled ... to activate this goto Gmail click on Settings cog -> Keyboard shortcuts -> On -> hit Save Changes at bottom ... for details see


If it's any help # for me is on the same key as ~, just to the right of the '/@ key.

I think Mac keyboards differ from other keyboards even on UK layouts. ChromeOS is based on Linux, right? Maybe following some advice for Ubuntu Linux might help?

  • 3
    Chrome is not ChromeOS. – ale Jul 27 '12 at 15:26
  • 1
    lol oops. Should have read the question - I saw Chrome on OSx and read Chrome OS :) – x3ja Jul 30 '12 at 19:57

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