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A secret Gmail keyboard shortcut for deleting email, but only in Opera 9

January 24, 2007

Amit Agarwal, from the Digital Inspiration blog, discovered a hidden feature in Gmail that only works in the Opera browser.

When Google first released Gmail, it was notorious for not including a “delete” button to delete emails. It has since been added (more than 2 years later), however there’s still no keyboard shortcut to delete an email – that is unless you use the Opera browser.

If you hit the “End” key on your keyboard, it deletes the email. This Gmail delete keyboard shortcut doesn’t work in Internet Explorer (IE) or Firefox. Hey, it’s nice to see Google do something for Opera users first – for a change.

As Amit already pointed out, I don’t know why Google didn’t just use the “Delete” button on the keyboard for deleting emails – it makes more sense.

(via Search Engine Journal)

Categories: Desktop
  1. January 24, 2007 at 1:36 pm

    Didn’t work for me. All it did was scroll down on the page.

  2. Kc4
    January 24, 2007 at 1:53 pm

    only fair GMAIL didn’t work in Opera at all when it first came out

  3. January 24, 2007 at 1:58 pm

    Are we sure this is a feature and not a bug?

  4. January 24, 2007 at 2:01 pm

    BAMAToNE, aren’t all bugs undocumented features? 🙂

  5. Gary
    January 24, 2007 at 3:12 pm

    Speaking of search engines doing something for Opera first, have you visited this site yet: http://wii.clusty.com/ ?

  6. January 24, 2007 at 3:18 pm

    Daniel: They are if you work for Microsoft. 😛

  7. F
    January 24, 2007 at 3:23 pm

    Great, it works. 🙂

  8. Darken
    January 24, 2007 at 4:12 pm

    Didn’t work for me.

  9. January 24, 2007 at 4:32 pm

    Yeah, I discovered this one by accident one time when I was trying to, well, get to the end of one of my emails. I would definitely side with “bug” for this one. I’m just very glad that there is an option to undo the deletion, or I would have been much more pissed about this. 😉

  10. csulok
    January 24, 2007 at 4:33 pm

    did work for me.. been using it for like 2 months

  11. Martin
    January 24, 2007 at 5:26 pm

    Didn’t work for me, do you have to view the message or do you have to be in a folder and have it selected with the checkbox?

  12. Martin
    January 24, 2007 at 6:20 pm

    Aha 🙂 you have to have shortcuts activated in the settings 🙂

  13. January 25, 2007 at 8:40 am

    Tried the ‘#’ key ? 😀 (via miscoded)

  14. Robin
    January 26, 2007 at 5:46 pm

    It works if you have keyboard shortcuts turned on, but this is hardly a feature, more of a bug. Many times I’ve pressed END trying to get to the end of my message, only to find my message trashed! It’s actually extremely annoying and not a feature at all.

  15. wulong
    March 7, 2007 at 7:21 am

    use the hash key (#). it works on all browsers

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