Keyboard shortcuts


You can reference keyboard shortcuts in Shortwave too! Just type Ctrl + / to launch the in-app help box.

Essentials

ActionKeysDescription
ComposecStarts a new draft
Doned or eArchives the currently focused thread or bundle — d will automatically focus the next item, where e does not
PintPins or unpins the focused thread or bundle
SnoozesOpens the snooze picker for the focused thread or bundle
LabelbAdds a label to the focused thread or bundle
Delete#Deletes the focused thread or bundle
Reply allaReply all to focused thread
ReplyrReply to focused thread
ForwardfForwards focused thread
SendCtrl Send your message from the compose box
Send & doneCtrl Send your message from the compose box and mark thread as done
Search/Opens search
CloseescClose selection, cancel action, removes focus
UndoCtrl z
or z
Undo most recent action
HelpCtrl /
or /
Opens the help box
ActionKeysDescription
Next or jMove to the next item (thread, bundle or inbox section). Holding this key down repeats the action.
Previous or kMove to the previous item (thread, bundle or inbox section). Holding this key down repeats the action.
Open or lOpens the focused item. If a thread is focused, this expands it if collapsed.
Close or hCloses the open or expanded item (bundle or thread)
Toggle Open / CloseOpens / closes the currently selected unit
Scroll downCtrl Scrolls the page down
Scroll upCtrl Scrolls the page up
Page downSpaceScrolls down one page length
Page upCtrl SpaceScrolls up one page length
Toggle sidebarCtrl \Collapses / expands the left sidebar

Go To

ActionKeysDescription
Inboxg + iGo to the Inbox page
Snoozedg + sGo to the Snoozed page
Doneg + dGo to the Done page
Labelsg + bGo to the Labels page
Workspacesg + wGo to the Workspaces page
Sentg + tGo to a search page with the "Sent" chip prepopulated
Favorite (1-9)g + #Go to the conversation history for the corresponding numbered favorite
Other accountAlt #Switch to the corresponding numbered account
SettingsCtrl ,Open the settings dialog
AnywhereCtrl kSearch results default to navigation (instead of keyword)

Recipients

ActionKeysDescription
ToCtrl cFocuses the to field to add recipients
BccCtrl bFocuses the bcc field to add recipients
Bcc introCtrl iMoves last sender to bcc and inserts text Thanks <lastSenderName>! (moved to BCC)
Add+nameAdds someone into a thread, similar to removing them from the to or cc field
Remove-nameRemoves someone from a thread, similar to removing them from the to or cc field
Notify@nameDirectly notify a specific person or set of people with a push notification
Link to#channelLink a specific channel in a conversation

Threads

ActionKeysDescription
New threadnStarts a new thread when viewing a conversation history
Done & next]Archives the current thread if one is selected. Goes to the next thread and opens it, even if that means going to the next bundle or group.
Done & previous[Archives the current thread if one is selected. Goes to the previous thread and opens it, even if that means going to the previous bundle or group.
Copy thread linkCtrl cCopies the thread's unique link when a thread is focused
Mute (Unfollow)mUnfollows the focused thread
Report spam!Reports the current thread as spam and removes it from the inbox
Discard draftCtrl d
or Ctrl ,
Deletes the current draft

Formatting

ActionKeysDescription
Emoji:emojiAdds emoji to your text :shorts :wave = 🩳 👋
Bold**bold**
Ctrl b
Makes your text bold
Italics*italicize*
Ctrl i
Makes your text italicized
Underline_underline_
Ctrl u
Makes your text underlined
Strikethrough~strike~
Ctrl x
Adds a strike to your text
Code`code`
Ctrl e
Makes your text code
Code block```Makes your text a code block
Heading# SpaceMakes your text a larger Heading
Numbered List1 . Space
Ctrl 7
Adds an ordered list
Bulleted List- Space
* Space
Ctrl 8
Adds an unordered list
Attach a fileCtrl aAttaches a file to the current draft
LinkCtrl kAdds a link to your text. If you have a link already copied, you can paste it over highlighted text with Ctrl v.
Quote> Space
Ctrl 9
or q
Converts text to a quote. For quick quote, select a previous message and press q to quote the text in your reply.