How To Select All In Gmail

There are times when we need to select all emails in our Gmail inbox, either to delete, move, or mark them as read. Whether it’s cleaning up your inbox or managing a large number of emails, it’s essential to know how to select all messages in Gmail. Here is a comprehensive guide to help you learn this process.

Step-by-step Guide

Step 1: Open Gmail

Start by opening your Gmail account. You can do this by typing into your browser and logging in with your credentials.

Step 2: Go to your Inbox

Once you’re in your Gmail account, navigate to the inbox. This is where all your incoming emails are stored.

Step 3: Select All Messages

On the top of the email list, there’s a checkbox. Clicking on this checkbox will select the emails visible on the current page. But what if you want to select all the emails in your inbox?

After clicking on the checkbox, look for the option that says “Select all (number) conversations in Inbox”. Click on this option, and it will select all the emails in your inbox, not just those visible on the current page.

- Go to your Gmail Inbox.
- Click the checkbox at the top of the email list.
- Click on "Select all conversations in Inbox".

Note: Remember, this will select all your emails, not just the unread ones. If you want to select only unread emails, use the search box at the top of the page and type is:unread. Then follow the same steps to select all.

Step 4: Choose Your Action

Once you have selected all your emails, you can choose what to do with them. Gmail allows you to delete, archive, mark as read or unread, move to a different folder, or label your emails as important.

To choose an action, click on the appropriate icon at the top of the page. For example, if you want to delete the selected emails, click on the Trash Bin icon. If you want to mark them as read, click on the envelope icon.


Whether you’re cleaning up a cluttered inbox or managing a large number of emails, knowing how to select all in Gmail can be a time-saver. Just remember to be cautious when selecting all emails, as you might unintentionally delete important messages. Happy emailing!