Windows Mail keyboard shortcuts

With keyboard shortcuts, you can perform many Windows Mail tasks and navigate without using a mouse. Except where indicated, shortcuts apply to both e‑mail and newsgroups.

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Main window, view message window, and send message window

To Press
To

Open Help topics

Press

F1

To

Select all messages or text within a message

Press

CTRL+A

Main window and view message window

To Press
To

Send and receive e‑mail

Press

CTRL+M

To

Open or post a new message

Press

CTRL+N

To

Open Contacts

Press

CTRL+SHIFT+B

To

Delete an e‑mail message

Press

DEL or CTRL+D

To

Reply to the message author

Press

CTRL+R

To

Reply to all

Press

CTRL+SHIFT+R or CTRL+G (newsgroups only)

To

Forward a message

Press

CTRL+F

To

Find a message

Press

CTRL+SHIFT+F

To

Print the selected message

Press

CTRL+P

To

Go to the next message in the list

Press

CTRL+>

To

Go to the previous message in the list

Press

CTRL+<

To

View the selected message's properties

Press

ALT+ENTER

To

Go to the next unread e‑mail message

Press

CTRL+U

To

Go to the next unread newsgroup conversation

Press

CTRL+SHIFT+U

Main window

To Press
To

Open a selected message

Press

CTRL+O or ENTER

To

Mark a message as read

Press

CTRL+ENTER or CTRL+Q

To

Move between the message list, Folders list (if on), and Preview pane

Press

TAB

To

Go to a newsgroup

Press

CTRL+W

To

Expand a newsgroup conversation (show all responses)

Press

LEFT ARROW or PLUS SIGN (+)

To

Collapse a newsgroup conversation (hide responses)

Press

RIGHT ARROW or MINUS SIGN (-)

To

Mark all newsgroup messages as read

Press

CTRL+SHIFT+A

To

Go to the next unread newsgroup or folder

Press

CTRL+J

To

Download newsgroup messages for offline reading

Press

CTRL+SHIFT+M

To

Go to your Inbox

Press

CTRL+I

To

Go to a folder

Press

CTRL+Y

To

Refresh newsgroup messages and headers

Press

F5

Message window—viewing or sending

To Press
To

Close a message

Press

ESC

To

Find text

Press

F3 or CTRL+SHIFT+F

Message window—sending only

To Press
To

Check spelling

Press

F7

To

Insert a signature

Press

CTRL+SHIFT+S

To

Send a message or post it to a newsgroup

Press

CTRL+ENTER or ALT+S

To

Switch between the Edit, Source, and Preview tabs when working in Source Edit view

Press

CTRL+TAB