Keyboard shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts let you quickly perform an action directly from your keyboard rather than with your mouse or touchpad. If a button has a keyboard shortcut, you can find it by hovering your mouse over the button. A tooltip will display with the shortcut key.

You can enable or disable keyboard shortcuts by going to the Settings → Preferences screen, and then clicking Show advanced options.

Global navigation

Switch to another app or screen within Fastmail with these keyboard shortcuts:

ShortcutActionDescription
Shift+g then m Mail Go your mail.
Shift+G then a Contacts Go your contacts.
Shift+g then c Calendar Go your calendar.
Shift+g then n Notes Go your notes.
Shift+g then f Files Go your file storage.
Shift+g then b Billing & Plan Mange your account subscription and plan.
Shift+g then s Settings Open the settings for your account.
Shift+g then ? Help Open the Fastmail help.
Shift+g then l Log out Log out of your account.

Mail shortcuts

These shortcuts will work when you are looking at the list of messages in your Inbox or other folders.

General mail actions

ShortcutActionDescription
c Compose Start composing a new message.
g Go to folder Quickly switch to a folder. Type the first few characters of the folder name, or use the up/down arrow keys to move between the matching folders. If a folder name is more than one word, you can match either word. Press **Enter** to open the folder you've selected.
z Undo Undo the last thing you did, if possible.
Space Page down Scroll down one page (window-height).
Shift+Space Page up Scroll up one page (window-height).
/ Search messages Focus the mail search box. By default, all folders are searched. Use Alt+Enter to limit the search to only one folder, or use Shift+Enter to force all folders to be searched.
Esc Cancel Remove focus from a text box.

Navigate, refresh, select & pin

These shortcuts apply while you're looking at your mailbox list. The conversation you're looking at currently is shown in the mailbox list with a blue line to the left of the checkbox.

ShortcutActionDescription
u Refresh Check for any new messages.
j Focus next Move the focus down one conversation.
k Focus previous Move the focus up one conversation.
o or Enter Open Display the conversation you're currently focused on.
x Select or deselect Toggle the selection of the currently focused conversation so you can perform an action (see next section).
s Toggle pinned Toggles the pinned status of the currently focussed conversation or message.
Shift+x Select/deselect a range Toggle the selection of the conversation between the latest email in the folder and the one you're currently focused on
 then a or ' then a Select all Select all conversations in the mailbox.
 then n or ' then n Unselect all Clear anything you currently have selected.

Conversation actions

When looking at your mailbox list, these shortcuts apply to any conversations you've selected. Selected messages appear with a checkmark to the left and are highlighted in a different colour. When reading a conversation, these shortcuts apply just to that conversation.

ShortcutActionDescription
d or # or Delete Delete Move every message in the selected conversations to your Trash folder. If they are already in the Trash folder, this will delete the messages permanently instead.
m Move Move the selected conversations to a different folder. Type the first few characters of the folder name, or use the up/down arrow keys to move between the matching folders. If a folder name is more than one word, you can match either word. Press Enter to move the conversations to the selected folder.
Alt+ Mouse drag Copy/Duplicate Copy message or conversation to target folder in side bar. To move mail, just drag with the mouse, or use the M shortcut.
y Archive Mark the selected conversations as read and move them to the Archive folder.
! Report spam Train your spam filter to recognize the selected conversations as spam, and move them to your Spam folder.
. then r Mark read Mark all messages in the selected conversations as read.
. then u Mark unread Mark all messages in the selected conversation as unread.
. then p Pin Pin the selected conversations.
. then n Unpin Remove the pin from the selected conversations.
% Permanently delete Delete the selected conversations forever (cannot be undone).

Message actions

While reading a conversation, the following additional shortcuts are available.

ShortcutActionDescription
j Next Open the next conversation down in the mailbox list.
k Previous Open the previous conversation in the mailbox list.
u Return to the mailbox list.
[ Archive and next Archive the current conversation, and open the next conversation down in the mailbox list.
] Archive and previous Archive the current conversation, and open the previous conversation in the mailbox list.
r Reply Start a new reply to the sender or mailing list of the last message in the conversation.
a Reply to all Start a new reply to everyone in the last message of the conversation.
Alt+r Reply to sender Start a new reply to just the sender of the last message in the conversation, even if the Reply-to header is set to reply back to a mailing list.
f Forward Forward the last message in the conversation to someone else.
Shift+l Display images If the conversation has messages with blocked images, display them.
Shift+e Expand all Expand all collapsed messages in the conversation.
Alt+Shift+e Collapse all Collapse all expanded messages in the conversation.
Shift+Click Expand/Collapse all Clicking on the header of a message toggles the conversation between all messages expanded, and all messages collapsed.
n Focus next Focus and scroll to the next message in the conversation. A focused message is shown with a blue line to the left of the avatar at the top. When a message is focused, the R/A/Alt+R/F shortcuts apply to that message instead of the last message in the conversation.
p Focus previous Focus and scroll to the previous message in the conversation. A focused message is shown with a blue line to the left of the avatar at the top. When a message is focused, the R/A/Alt+R/F shortcuts apply to that message instead of the last message in the conversation.
e Expand Expand or collapse the message you're currently focused on.
; More actions Show the "More actions" menu for the message you're currently focused on. You can then use the arrow keys and Enter to select an action. Note, the message must be expanded for this shortcut to be applicable.
: Toggle message details Show or hide the message details for the message you're currently focused on.
" Toggle quotes Show or hide all collapsed quotes in the message you're currently focused on.

Compose shortcuts

The following shortcuts can be used while composing messages.

ShortcutActionDescription
Ctrl+Enter Send Send the message.
Ctrl+s Save draft Save the message to the Drafts folder.
Ctrl+Shift+Alt+Backspace Discard Discard the message and any saved draft.
Ctrl+Shift+c Show Cc: Shows the Cc: field, if hidden.
Ctrl+Shift+b Show Bcc: Shows the Bcc: field, if hidden.
Ctrl+m Format text This only applies when in plain text mode. Rewraps paragraphs and tries to align text to make it neater.
Ctrl+b Bold Toggle bold in rich text.
Ctrl+i Italic Toggle italic in rich text.
Ctrl+u Underline Toggle underline in rich text.
Ctrl+k Add/remove link Opens the dialog to make the selected text a link, or removes an existing link.
Ctrl+d Format as code Formats the selected text in a fixed-width font with a border and background. If no text is selected, or if the selected text is across multiple lines, the whole block will be changed.
Ctrl+Shift+5 Subscript Toggle subscript in rich text.
Ctrl+Shift+6 Superscript Toggle superscript in rich text.
Ctrl+Shift+7 Strikethrough Toggle strikethrough in rich text.
Ctrl+Shift+8 Bullet list Make a bullet list.
Ctrl+Shift+9 Numbered list Make a numbered list.
Tab
(at start of list item)
Indent list Increase the indent level of the list. This shortcut only works when when the cursor is at the beginning of a list item.
Shift+Tab
(at start of list item)
Unindent list Decrease the indent level of the list. This shortcut only works when the cursor is at the beginning of a list item.
Ctrl+[ Remove quote Decrease the quote level.
Ctrl+] Add quote Increase the quote level.

Contacts shortcuts

The following shortcuts can be used while looking at your contact list.

ShortcutActionDescription
n New contact Create a new contact.
j Next Focus and show the next contact.
k Previous Focus and show the previous contact.
x Select/deselect Select or deselect the focused contact.
s Toggle pinned Toggles the pinned status of the focused contact.
Shift+x Select/deselect a range Toggle the selection of the contact you're currently focused on, and also set the same selections state on all contacts between the focused contact and the last contact on which you changed selection.
e Edit Edit the contact you're focused on.
Ctrl+s Save Save any changes you've made to the contact you are editing.
Esc Discard changes Stop editing and discard any changes you made.
# or Delete Delete Delete the selected contacts.
r Groups Add or remove the selected contacts to/from a contact group.
/ Search Focus the contacts search box.
z Undo Undo the last thing you did, if possible.

Calendar shortcuts

The following shortcuts can be used while looking at your calendar.

ShortcutActionDescription
n New event Create a new event.
Alt Copy event Holding alt down while dragging an event will make a copy of the event instead of moving it.
c Calendars Show the menu for toggling visibility of calendars on and off.
v Switch view Flip between Overview and Detail view.
o Time zone Change the time zone in which the calendar is viewed (to use this, first enable multiple time zone support in the settings).
g Go to date Type in a date and hit enter to quickly jump to a specific date. The input accepts most date formats.
t Go to today Quickly jump to today in the current view.
j Next Move the view forward one week (overview) or day (detail view).
k Previous Move the view back one week (overview) or day (detail view).
Ctrl+s Save Save any changes you've made to the event you are editing.
Esc Close pop over Closes any pop over currently visible.
z or Ctrl+z Undo Undo the last thing you did. You can undo up to your last 10 previous actions.
Ctrl+Shift+z Redo Redo the last thing you undid.

Notes shortcuts

The following shortcuts can be used while looking at your notes.

ShortcutActionDescription
n New note Create a new note.
j Next Show the next note.
k Previous Show the previous note.
s Toggle pinned Toggles the pinned status of the note you're focused on.
e Edit Edit the visible note.
Ctrl+s Save Save any changes you've made to the note you are editing.
Esc Discard changes Stop editing and discard any changes you made.
# or Delete Delete Delete the visible note.
/ Search Focus the notes search box.
z Undo Undo the last thing you did, if possible.

File shortcuts

The following shortcuts can be used while looking at your files.

ShortcutActionDescription
/ Search Puts the focus in the search box to find a file or folder.
n New Folder Create a new folder: you will be asked to give the folder a name.
p uPload Opens the file chooser to select files or folders to upload.
e Edit item If it's possible to edit the currently selected item, put it into edit mode.
Ctrl+s Save If you're in editing mode, save the changes.
# or d or delete Delete Deletes the currently selected item(s).
m Move Asks you where to move the selected items to.
c Copy Asks you where to copy the selected items to.
w Download Begins a download of the selected item(s).

Emoji shortcuts

A pop-up window for selecting emojis is supported natively in both Windows 10 and macOS.

On Windows, press Win+.

On macOS, press Control+Command+Space