Apple Mac OS X Mail shortcut Keys-{A Complete List}

Apple Mac OS X Mail: Apple Mail was developed by Apple. Apple Mac OS X mail is an email client added by Apple, and it is available for OS like macOS, iOS, and watchOS. Formerly it was developed as NeXT as NeXTMail which is for NeXTMail OS. The first release of Apple mail was on October 24, 2003. And then it is followed by versions like Mac OS X Tiger, Mac OS X Leopard, Mac OS X Snow Leopard, Mac OS X Lion, Mac OS X Mountain Lion, OS X Mavericks, OS X Yosemite. The OS X El Capitan is version 10.11,  macOS High Sierra, macOS Mojave, macOS Catalina, macOS Big Sur. So in this article, we are going to see the shortcuts used in Apple Mac OS X Mail. Let’s get into the article to know about Apple Mac OS X Mail shortcut keys in detail.

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Last Updated on Nov 11, 2021.

General keyboard Shortcuts:

Mail Application Shortcut keys:

Shortcut keys Action
⌘ Cmd+N Use this key to create a new compose window.
⌘ Cmd+Shift+N It will get new mail.
⌘ Cmd+⌥ Option+N In order to open a new viewer window, use this shortcut.
⌘ Cmd+0 It is used to Open Activity Viewer.
⌘ Cmd+Shift+P Use this key to the Open Page Setup dialog.
⌘ Cmd+Y Helps to add senders to Address Book.
⌘ Cmd+⌥ Option+L This key is used to apply rules to selection.
⌘ Cmd+E It will use selection to find.
⌘ Cmd+F In order to find text in a single message-body, you can make use of this key.
⌘ Cmd+Shift+G If you want to find previous, press this key.
⌘ Cmd+G It can find the next shortcut key.
To copy, you have to select the particular message in the message list and then press the ⌘ Cmd+C Use this key to copy the entire text of a message.
⌘ Cmd+M Use this key to minimize the window.
You have to press the mail icon in the dock. If you want to display a pop-up menu with commands for creating, sending, and retrieving mail, press this shortcut.
Press down the ⌘ Cmd and then click the toolbar button in the upright corner. Use this key to switch between different display settings in the toolbar.

Shortcut Keys for Mailboxes:

Shortcut keys Action
⌘ Cmd+1 Use this key to Open In mailbox.
⌘ Cmd+2 It helps to Open Out the mailbox.
⌘ Cmd+3 Press this key to the Open Drafts mailbox.
⌘ Cmd+4 Make use of this key to Open the Sent mailbox.
⌘ Cmd+5 It will open the trash mailbox.
⌘ Cmd+6 Use this key to open the Junk mailbox.
⌘ Cmd+Shift+M This key is used to show/hide mailboxes.
⌘ Cmd+⌥ Option+F Press this key to select the search field.
⌘ Cmd+⌥ Option+J  Make use of this key to erase junk mail.
⌘ Cmd+⌥ Option+T Use this key in order to move to the last mailbox.
Press Ctrl and then select a message in the mailbox. Helps to display a pop-up menu that lets you quickly perform several actions on the item you click.

Apple Mac OS X Mail shortcut keys for Sending Messages:

Shortcut keys Action
⌘ Cmd+⌥ Option+B To add a Bcc header, use this key.
⌘ Cmd+⌥ Option+R Use this key to add reply-to to the header.
⌘ Cmd+Shift+H It will show and hide long headers.
⌘ Cmd+Shift+A Use this key to attach the file to the message.
⌘ Cmd+⌥ Option+I Helps to attach selected messages to a new message.
⌘ Cmd+Shift+V Use this key to Paste as the quotation.
⌘ Cmd+ This key is used to increase the quote level.
⌘ Cmd+⌥ Option+ In order to decrease the quote level, you can use this shortcut.
⌘ Cmd+S This key is used to save the mail as a draft.
⌘ Cmd+Shift+D Use this key to send messages.
⌘ Cmd+Shift+E Helps to redirect messages.
⌘ Cmd+Shift+F In order to Forward a message, use this key.
You have to press down  ⌥ Option while removing the messages. To prevent the next message from being automatically selected, you can use this key.

Apple Mac OS X Mail shortcut keys for Receiving Messages:

Shortcut keys Action
⌘ Cmd+Shift+K Helps to select all highlighted messages.
⌘ Cmd+Shift+J In order to mark it as junk mail, use this key.
⌘ Cmd+Shift+L If you want to Mark as flagged and unflagged press this key.
⌘ Cmd+Shift+U  In order to Mark as read and unread, use this key.
⌘ Cmd+Shift+I Make use of this key Reply with iChat.
⌘ Cmd+R Use this key to reply to the sender.
⌘ Cmd+Shift+R Helps to reply to all.
⌘ Cmd+Shift+B Use this key to Bounce to sender.
⌘ Cmd+L In order to show/hide deleted messages, use this shortcut.
⌘ Cmd+⌥ Option+U It will show raw source/original content.
⌘ Cmd+K Use this key to empty deleted messages.
⌘ Cmd+⌥ Option+P It will show a plain text alternative.
⌘ Cmd+[ Use this key to show the previous alternative.
⌘ Cmd+] Press this key to show the next alternative.
⌘ Cmd+J Use this key to Jump to selected text in the message.
Press down the ⌥ Option while dragging a message to a different mailbox. This key is used to copy messages to a different mailbox.

Apple Mac OS X Mail shortcut keys for formatting:

Shortcut keys Action
⌘ Cmd+T Helps to Show Font panel.
⌘ Cmd++ In order to make the font larger, use this shortcut.
⌘ Cmd+ Helps to make the font smaller.
⌘ Cmd+Shift+C Use this key to the Show Colors panel.
⌘ Cmd+{  Make use of this key to Align left.
⌘ Cmd+:  Use this key to check the spelling of email messages.
⌘ Cmd+; Use this key to flag the misspelling of the selected word.
⌘ Cmd+⌥ Option+C Copy style shortcut key.
⌘ Cmd+⌥ Option+V Paste style shortcut key.
Use this key to collapse the thread containing the selected message.
This shortcut is used to expand the currently selected thread.
This key is used to move to the next message in the thread.
This key is used to move to the previous message in the thread.


Hope through this article you get to know the Apple Mac OS X Mail shortcut keys. If you have any questions, ask us in the comment section.

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