Is there a similar alternative in Gmail?
Gmail “Mark as Read”: Shift + i
Other useful keyboard shortcuts:
Display a list of Gmail keyboard shortcuts: Shift + / or (?)
Select all unread conversations: *, then u
Also, you could map K to “Mark as read,” just like in Yahoo mail. The “Custom keyboard shortcuts” Gmail labs feature lets you customize your keyboard shortcut mappings. It adds a new Settings tab from which you can remap keys to various actions.
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…or you can add a “Mark as Read” button via another Gmail labs feature.
Shift + I Mark as read – Marks your message as “read” and skip to the next message.
Shift + U Mark as unread – Marks your message as “unread” so you can go back to it later.
Full list of Keyboard shortcuts
Shift+I – Mark as Read and move on to the next message.
FYI – you may have to activate Keyboard Shortcuts before they work. They seem to be inactive by default. You can find this option at the bottom of the > screen.
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