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July 11, 2006

New in Gmail: Select All Messages


When you select all the messages from the inbox or from another view (search, all mail, sent mail), Gmail gives you the option to select all the messages from that view, not only the first 50 or 100 that are displayed. If you want to delete all the emails that contain "Peter", you can search for "Peter", select all and click on the link "Select all conversations that match this search". This is extremely useful, especially if you have many emails. Until now you had to select the messages from each page and repeat the same action, which was time consuming.

Unlike desktop applications or Yahoo Mail Beta, Gmail doesn't show all the emails from a view. Its design is similar to Google Search: you can view at most 100 messages at a time. This is a big issue when you try to apply a new label to all the messages that match a criteria, or when you try to archive all the inbox emails from a person.


Like the other new features, the new link will be available to everybody in the days to come. An improvement to this feature might be to let the users select read / unread messages from all the pages of a view.

Other new features in Gmail:
Delete all spam
Apply filters to old emails

11 comments:

  1. Can you do some research into why the Google Mail module for the Google Personalised home page isn't working for anyone? It just displays: "Information is temporarily unavailable." Thanks.

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  2. Gmail's feed seems to be down. The module on IGoogle uses that feed to find new messages.

    Some people have problems with Gmail today. Maybe this is related to the new features that are being rolled out to the users.

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  3. I have been getting this message "information is temporarily unavailable" for hours now. could someone tell me what is going on? thanks.

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  4. But I cannot find Select all option...

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  5. Select All has been removed from the "basic HTML" interface. How lame.

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  6. I don't always have a decently fast Internet connection. So not being able to select all and delete in basic HTML makes GMail pretty useless for me. Looking for something that actually has basic functionality like this in basic HTML.

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  7. Yeah same with me here, the connection is pretty slow and HTML is what i use and it's much useless than i thought.

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  8. The "Select all NNNNN conversations" link appeared only after I first did a "Select All."

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  9. It is somewhat better. At a time more than 1500 messages were deleted... thank you

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  10. I do not get this option, and I am looking at gmail on the standard view. This seems like a major flaw.

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