Deleting Email Messages in Gmail

To delete an email message, first position on the message in the Inbox and press X to select. You can do this for multiple email messages, if needed.
Then press # to delete the selected email message(s).
The # key, also known as hash key or number key or pound key, is usually located next to the apostrophe key on the right hand side of the keyboard.
Once you delete an email, you have a few moments to change your mind as there is an Undo link that you can click on (or navigate to with links list if you are a screen reader user).
When email messages are deleted from one of the main folders, they are placed in the Trash folder, where Gmail will permanently delete them automatically after 30 days.
You can always go to the Trash folder and move them back by selecting them and choosing Move to Inbox in the context menu.
Note: If you use a screen reader, you may need to switch the “virtual cursor” off so you can use # shortcut. Press Insert (or Caps Lock) + Z in JAWS or Insert (or Caps Lock) + Space in NVDA and Narrator.
Microsoft Edge and Mozilla Firefox work the same as Google Chrome for deleting email messages in Gmail.

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