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How to Mark All Unread Emails as Read in Gmail

Updated on October 24, 2018
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Declutter your inbox with these 3 easy steps!
Declutter your inbox with these 3 easy steps!

If you ever find yourself staring at hundreds or even thousands of unread emails, you don't need to fret. If you are using Gmail, you can easily mark all of them as read and never have to worry about going through some tedious steps.

Keeping your Gmail inbox clean

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. It should display a drop-down menu.

From the drop-down menu, select “Mark as Read”. It’s that easy! As a matter of fact, you can do the same procedure to mark all unread emails shown on each page.

The thing is the maximum number of emails that can be shown per page is 100. If the number of your unread emails goes beyond that, you have to mark all emails as read per page.

The thing is what if you have thousands of emails left unread? For sure, it will take you lots of time to mark all unread emails per page as read. The good news is you can actually do it in just a few clicks!

All you need to do is to follow these quick and easy steps:

Step 1

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

Step 2

As soon as you press enter, Gmail will automatically sort out the emails in your inbox leaving only the emails that are left unread. After which, you simply need to select them all by clicking the "select all" option. It's the checkbox located at the top of your Gmail inbox.

If the number of unread emails shown exceeds 100, the trick is to click the “select all” option and then click the “Select all conversations that match this search” option that appears on top of the unread emails list (see image below).

Step 3

Now that you have selected all unread emails, all that’s left to do is to mark them all as read. You can do this by clicking the “More” button (also known as the hamburger menu icon) located at the top of your Gmail inbox. A drop-down menu should appear. In it, click "Mark as read".

After that, a confirmation dialog should appear and it will ask you to confirm your bulk action. Click "OK" to confirm and simply leave it up to Gmail to do the tedious work.

There you have it! The time it takes for Gmail to mark all unread emails as read depends on the number of unread conversations or emails that you have. If you have thousands of unread emails, it may take a while.

Nonetheless, it's still a very convenient solution. Not only will it help keep your inbox clean, it will also help you focus on the emails that are truly important.

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