Learn Gmail Shortcuts with the KeyRocket Chrome Extension

A few weeks ago, I shared a great way to master your keyboard shortcuts in Windows with KeyRocket. Today, I want to share a similar way to master your keyboard shortcuts in Gmail (and Google Apps accounts), thanks to the KeyRocket  for Gmail Chrome extension.

Since both of these tools come from the same company, they work very similarly. One is exclusively for Windows Explorer and the other is for Gmail (Chrome only – for now).

Here’s how to use it.

1. Add the KeyRocket for Gmail extension to Chrome. You’ll see a new icon on Chrome’s toolbar, which doesn’t serve much purpose except to direct you to KeyRocket’s other downloads; you’ll probably just want to hide the button (right-click on the browser icon and select “hide button”).

Make sure Keyboard Shortcuts are on in settings.

2. Gmail will automatically open in a new tab once the extension is installed. You’ll need to make sure that you have the keyboard shortcuts options set to “on” in settings.

You'll find Keyboard Shorcuts above Button Labels in settings.

3. Now you can go about using Gmail as you normally would. KeyRocket for Gmail will teach you keyboard shortcuts while you’re performing actions with your mouse – as long as these actions have an associated keyboard shortcut.

The KeyRocket for Gmail notification shows in the top right corner of the screen.

4. You’ll see notifications for keyboard shortcuts in the top right corner of Gmail. On the Chrome extensions page the screenshots actually shows a different style of notifications, in the bottom right corner of the screen. I’m not sure how those were achieved, but I’m happy with the ones I’m seeing for now.

Alternative notification displayed on the extension page.

I’m one that always keeps the keyboard shortcuts “off” in Gmail, because I just cannot remember them. However, after using KeyRocket for Gmail for just a few minutes, I was already using keyboard shortcuts and boosting my productivity. I really wish that I had found this extremely useful extension a lot sooner.