The e shortcut key in GMail archives the current conversation:

e    Archive     Archive your conversation from any view.

In my personal GMail account, hitting e opens he next conversation automatically. In my corp account, e archives the conversation and returns to the inbox.

Any idea how to set the e key to archive and open the next conversation?

Update: I do not have the Auto-advance option in my general settings: enter image description here

Update #2: Auto-advance is enabled at the labs tab.

2 Answers 2


Open Settings and choose Go to next (newer) conversation in Auto-advance section of General tab.

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  • 1
    I did not have "Auto advance" in my general tab - had to enable it in the labs tab. Thanks!
    – Adam Matan
    Jan 26, 2014 at 10:02
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    I found it in the Advanced tab.
    – ILMTitan
    Nov 12, 2018 at 16:21
  • Google keeps moving things here and there. Feel free to update the answer with correct setting applicable as of today
    – Buddha
    Nov 12, 2018 at 19:38

If you don't want to change your settings (as @buddha suggests), you can also use the other shortcut (type '?' in Gmail to see this):

} : Archive conversation and go to previous

{ : Archive conversation and go to next

From Keyboard shortcuts for Gmail

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