Does GMail's "New Compose" support hotkeys?

With the old compose I could label mails I am writing with easily with the hotkey l. See Label outgoing emails in Gmail when composing the mail

But with the "New Compose" I always have to use the mouse to label, because the hotkeys seem not to work anymore. Is there a better way to label?

  • Looking at their support article, looks like such a keyboard shortcut does not exist.
    – Hydra
    Mar 15, 2013 at 12:43
  • How did this work with the old compose? The l hotkey does not work for me in the old compose. (I have hotkeys enabled.)
    – MrWhite
    Mar 15, 2013 at 13:07
  • @Hydra: That is the support article for the "old" compose and includes the l keyboard shortcut?
    – MrWhite
    Mar 15, 2013 at 13:15
  • @w3d Its the old composing experience (if the new compose is the popup style of composing emails)
    – Hydra
    Mar 15, 2013 at 13:18
  • I click Tab several times until focus on Attach button, then click Enter. You can check also other hotkeys, just press Shift+? when focus on Send button for example. wbw
    – ashtu
    Mar 18, 2013 at 22:32

2 Answers 2


GMail's "New Compose" doesn't support hotkeys since it has to allow for text entry.

There are however ways to use the keyboard to access the submenu as ashtu mentioned.

If you would like to label the message first before doing anything else, you can push shift tab to immediately jump to the drop down menu, then push space or arrow key up/down to expand the menu, then arrow up/down to label submenu, and then arrow right to expand to the label context menu.

If you were to label the message after writing the email, then it's a lot more cumbersome to navigate to that submenu using tabs.

In either case, it would likely be much more efficient to have a script to automate the tab presses.

In my opinion, a more efficient way to label would be to send the messages first, then navigate to the sent mail folder, and label the messages (in bulk) from there.


Try this,
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Scroll down, Then SAVE
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Using TAB to move until (3 dot) then ENTER ---> (up down keyboard) select "Label"--> click right arrow on keyboard--> (up down keyboard) select your label---> enter
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