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How to mark all unread emails as read in Gmail

Updated on February 2, 2017

If you ever find yourself staring at over hundreds of unread emails in your inbox, there’s really no need for you to fret. If you’re using Gmail, cleaning up your inbox from all those unread emails has never been easy. All it takes is a few clicks and you’re done!

Keep your Gmail clean by marking all unread emails as read

In Gmail, marking one or two unread emails as read is easy. You simply need to select the emails you wish to mark by clicking on the checkbox right next to it. After which, click “More” from the navigation tab and then on the drop-down menu, select “Mark as Read”. It’s that easy. As a matter of fact, you can do the same procedure for marking all unread emails shown on each page.

Now, what if you have tons of emails left unchecked? It could be hundreds of unread emails or even thousands. Surely, it will take you lots of time to mark each of them as read. Well, you don’t have to and you can actually save yourself from all the hassle. All it takes is for you to have the proper Gmail know-how.

Step 1

Open your Gmail inbox and type is:unread on the search box. Press “ENTER”.

Step 2

After doing so, Gmail will automatically filter out the emails on your inbox and will only show the emails that are left unread. It will show all unread emails. You simply need to select them all by clicking the "select all" option. It's the checkbox located at the top navigation.

If the number of unread emails shown have exceeded one page, the trick is to click the “select all” option and then click on the “Select all conversations that match this search” message that appears on top of the unread emails list (see image below).

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Step 3

Now that you have selected all unread emails, all that’s left to do is to mark them all as read. To do so, just go to the top navigation and click the “More” button. On the drop-down menu, select “Mark as Read”.

A confirmation dialog will appear asking you to confirm bulk action. Click OK and just let Gmail do the rest of the trick!

There you have it! Every time you find yourself with tons of unread emails, just follow the steps above.

© 2017 Kent Maureen

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