If you receive a lot of mail, you'll be more productive in Gmail if you use keyboard shortcuts. A list of the shortcuts is available from Google, but Evan Williams has reformatted the list so it's easier to print it in one page. Don't forget to enable "keyboard shortcuts" in Gmail's settings.
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