This took me a while to figure out, so I am writing down here to help me remember later. It may also be useful if you are playing with Gmail at all (BTW, the spam filtering on Gmail is very good).
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To mark all mail as read:-
In the search box, type “is:unread” In the select area press “All” A link will appear that says “Select all conversations that match this search”, press it From the drop down, select “Mark All as Read”.
Took me a while to do something that is usually option away on a context menu in most rich client mail reading applications, but this is mainly because I had thousands of unread mails to mark and so that went off the page.
Perfect! Much better than fussing around with a ruba script. Thanks a lot, I had exactly the same problem.
That was amazing! Used it to clear out my spam folder as well! Now I can use gmail on my phone finally!! Thanks so much.
thanks man. I had thousands of unread mails. I”m actually going to start using my inbox like a normal person now 🙂
Nice one, just changing to Google Apps mail and this works a treat to mark all as read when I import them in.
You know, thats been bugging me for ages but I just havent had time to figure out how to do it. Thanks for helping me solve this little annoyance !
Thanks a lot! I”m really surprised how great gmail is. I used an email client before, but gmails filtering and archiving options are way better, and safer. Anyway, this solved the problem of thunderbird leaving all messages as unread on gmail…
Maybe things have change since this was posted, but I”m not seeing the link mentioned in step 3 about selecting all conversations that match the search. I can only select what is shown in the first page of the search. Am I missing it or is it not there any longer?
I”ve got 3700 emails. Are you suggesting I do this 185 times? I know that I can set a filter, but what I want is for it to set itself as read after 1 day in a batch job fashion.
saved my morning! google notifier was displaying thousands of unread messages and i was about to trash it…
bString … and maybe all those asking the same question…
Once you click on select “all”, you”ll see a link at the top of the conversation list allowing you to select all matching conversations at once. Then you can delete everything without going page by page.
I”ve marked as read all of my 5600 emails!!
Occasionally, GMail loses its marbles and offers a Basic HTML View as defaultwhich refuses to change back to Standard View and you don”t see the “Select”options any more.
This is very irritating but also typical of anything Google.
They have now passed the milestone of having more money than brains(like Microsoft) and the kids they employ just get off on playing with the systems all the time.