How to mark all unread emails as read in Gmail

Cleaning up a cluttered inbox is a hassle when you have to do it one by one. If you see a bunch of unread emails in Gmail that you want to mark as read, do so at the same time. You can not only mark all unread emails as read in Gmail, but you can also delete them all at once. Then you can start going through the emails you want and need to process again.

Small quantity

If you only have a small number of unread posts that fit on the first page of posts, it’s easy to mark them as read.

1. Log into your Gmail account in your preferred browser.

2. Click on the three-dot menu just above your messages and select “Mark all as read”.

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This method allows you to mark all unread emails in Gmail as read.

Multiple pages of unread messages

The above method should be performed on each page if you have multiple pages of unread posts. Avoid the hassle by marking them all as read at once.

1. Check the box above your message and choose “Unread”. Then, just above the messages, click on the “Select all conversations” link.

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2. Click the “Mark as read” icon / button to mark all messages as read.

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Unread in multiple labels

If your messages are automatically sorted into different labels, you will need to repeat the above process for each label. You don’t need to do this. There is a much easier way.

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1. In the search box above your messages, type in:unread. You can also use label:unread. This searches your entire Gmail account for messages.

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2. Check the box above your messages to select all. Then click on the link “Select all conversations matching this search” above the list of messages.

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3. Click the “Mark as read” icon / button to mark all unread emails in Gmail as read.

Delete all unread emails

Don’t need all those unread emails? Instead of marking them as read, delete them.

1. Perform a search using label:unread or in:unread if you want to delete all unread messages from your account. If you only want to deal with your inbox, click on “Inbox” instead of using the search box.

2. Check the box above your message list to select all. Click on “Select all conversations matching this search”. Then click on the Trash icon / button.

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3. If you don’t want a bunch of unread messages in your Trash, open your Trash label. If you don’t see it, in the left pane with your other labels, click “More” to see more labels.

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4. Click the drop-down arrow next to the box above your messages and choose “Unread”. Choose “Select all conversations” (if there are multiple pages) and click the “Mark as read” icon / button.

If you plan to delete all of your unread messages, don’t bother to mark them as read first. Move them directly to the trash. You can empty the trash manually or let Gmail take care of it automatically in thirty days.

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If you’re tired of always having to open your browser and sign in to your Gmail, learn how to access Gmail from your desktop.

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Crystal Crowder has spent over 15 years working in the tech industry, first as a computer technician and then as a writer. She works to help teach others how to get the most out of their devices, systems and applications. She stays abreast of the latest trends and always finds solutions to common technological problems.

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