I've been searching for a way to access the CC field on GMail quickly. However, seems like there's no official shortcut (besides doing mad TAB TAB TAB TAB TAB TAB ENTER). There was a userscript published on lifehacker http://lifehacker.com/393844/always-show-gmails-cc-field-user-script that doesn't work anymore.

Anyone knows an alternative?

Update Also disabling all the javascript/ajax functionality that gmail provides by default is not an option. So no "Basic HTML". Sorry.

  • Yes, I think your only option would be to update your script. But it does seem very complicated and unfortunately I wasn't able to do it quickly.
    – cregox
    Oct 9, 2010 at 19:59

7 Answers 7


If you’re using Chrome on a Mac, you can press:

  • Cmd+Shift+C to add CC recipients;
  • Cmd+Shift+B to add BCC recipients.
  • This also works for me on Firefox for Mac Aug 12, 2014 at 15:33

There is actually an official shortcut but it is kind of hidden. Try pressing the keys b or d to compose your message instead of c.

Source: Google Operating System

  • Careful, though: when replying to a message, if you unfocus with Esc, and then press c, b, or d, it will try to open a "compose new message" window. If you had already written text, it will alert you, though. Bottom line, this doesn't work for replies. Shame. Jan 20, 2011 at 13:24
  • b currently does nothing for me, and d composes in a new window
    – airstrike
    Mar 28, 2016 at 15:43

If you enable the "Custom keyboard shortcuts" in the Labs, one of the options you can set is "Compose and show Cc field". Using this will open a new Compose editor with the CC field open.

Doesn't help with replies, though. And since it's a Lab feature it could get turned off any time.

It sounds like a feature that should be requested.


This is a very old topic and as far as I see, Google is still deaf about, so I decided to post my solution just for reference.

I'm a big fan of AutoHotKey and this is my Firefox script for Gmail replies (just press F2 after filling the "to" field):

#IfWinActive ahk_class MozillaWindowClass
F2::    Send {tab}{tab}{tab}{tab}{tab}{tab}{enter}
    sleep 100
    Send ^{home}{delete}

Scroll down your Gmail page and click on Basic view. Now compose. It cuts down on Gmail’s functionality, but it always displays the CC/BCC fields.

Direct link to basic HTML view.

  • hehe... +1 :) Goal achieved :D
    – Lipis
    Sep 12, 2010 at 21:30
  • 4
    Sorry, but I need a solution that doesn't rip off all of the gmail functionality.
    – kuroir
    Sep 13, 2010 at 6:06
  • 1
    It doesn't really rip off "all" of the gmail functionality? :)
    – thunderror
    Sep 15, 2010 at 18:30

Well, as of now (6/2020) in Windows, if you press Ctrl+Shift+C while composing a new message or replying to a new message, the CC field will un-collapse and the cursor will be right where it needs to be for you to type a CC address.

Likewise, pressing Ctrl+Shift+B in that situation will un-collapse the BCC field and place your cursor there.


You can also install this Stylish userstyle. This will prevent the CC field from collapsing.

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  • How does this help?
    – user135384
    Mar 18, 2018 at 15:28
  • See my changes.
    – orschiro
    Mar 18, 2018 at 19:37

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