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How to Mark All Unread Emails as Read in Gmail

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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.

Mark All Unread Emails as Read in Gmail

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.

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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.

Mark All Emails as Read in Gmail

Now, what if you want to mark all emails as read? Yes, that means every email in your Gmail. This method is a good alternative especially if you do not want to filter your mails and simply make your inbox look as if you've checked and read every email in it.

If you're using labels to organize your inbox, this method is quite useful because it will mark everything as read regardless of the labels that you've assigned to each mail.

To mark all of your mails as read, what you need to do is simply type "is:all" on the Gmail search bar and press "Enter". After which, click the check box to select all of the mails that appears in the first page. Once you do that, there should be an option at the top of the inbox that says "Select all conversation in All Mail". Click that and once again, select the "Mark as read" option in the menu and then confirm by clicking "OK".

That's it! Do note that the time it takes for Gmail to mark all unread emails as read depends on the total number of your unread emails. If you have thousands of emails left unread, it could take a while. The same thing applies if you choose to mark all emails as read. If you have over 50,000 emails in your inbox, the entire process could take about a minute or two.

Nonetheless, it's still a very convenient and time-saving solution! Not only will it help keep your inbox clean, it will also give you more time to work on other important tasks.

Want to create a Gmail signature instead? Here's how you can do that.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2017 Kent Peligrino

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