Where is the cursor supposed to be before hitting Cmd + . or Cmd+ , to make them work?

Do I have to press Cmd and Shift and . ?

I tried it with and without hitting the Shift key with the cursor in the mail body. Then with the cursor in the main window.


You have to ensure that you have the setting enabled through your Gmail settings. Go into your gmail settings via the Settings icon and turn on the option.

Once you have keyboard shortcuts enabled you should be able to hit a specific key on your keyboard to execute certain commands. For example, if I want to compose a new message I would hit the c key. Shift + c would open that option in a new window. For most of the other commands you can hit the corresponding key on the keyboard.

Gmail keyboard shortcuts.

  • Yassar Thanks for your answer. I think I've found the answer to my question ;-)
    – politicus
    Oct 13 '13 at 14:56

I discovered this shortcut on a cheat sheet in French. Now that I have set my Gmail default language in English I understand how to make it work.

If some Frenchies are interested:

Cmd+. helps you move the focus from one chat window the next chat window.

Cmd+, helps you move the focus from one chat window to the previous chat window.

Thanks Google for your cheat sheet.

  • You should specify the shortcut to help other people.
    – Yassar
    Oct 13 '13 at 15:01
  • Just updated my answer.
    – politicus
    Oct 13 '13 at 15:06

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