How to delete all unread emails in Outlook

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Even though many people consider Outlook to be a bit older than other email clients, there are still millions who use it daily. This is especially true for businesses, as Outlook offers a variety of features that help employees stay organized.

Whether you use Outlook for personal or professional reasons, chances are you won't read every message that comes your way. Over time, you've probably accumulated hundreds and thousands of promotions, spam, and other irrelevant emails.



Microsoft has designed Outlook to be very easy to use, so it's not hard to clean your folders of a ton of unread emails. There are several ways to get rid of them, so let's take a look at what they are.

Using the search function

The usefulness of the search feature in Outlook goes beyond just finding specific emails. It can help you delete all emails from a specific folder that fall under the search category. This is how it works:

  1. De la main Mail view, navigate to the folder where you want to delete all your unread emails. This can be any folder, not just your inbox.
  2. Once you have entered the folder, press Ctrl + E open a new Research tools
  3. You will see several search options, among which the Unread Click it to filter all other emails. Another thing you can do is use the Range function to further refine your search if necessary.
  4. Your email list will now only contain unread emails, so you can select them all without worrying about affecting other email categories. To do this, highlight the first email in the list, then press Ctrl + shift + End to flag all emails.
  5. Tap Delete to delete all selected emails.

Using the filter function

Another way to access all your unread emails is to use the Filter feature. It works the same way as the search function. Here's how to filter and delete all your unread emails:



  1. Du Mail view, go to the folder that contains the offending emails, in this case, the unread emails.
  2. Go to Home > Filter emails > All other emails will be filtered and you can also use the Scope feature here.
  3. Once you have your list of unread emails, select the first one and press Ctrl + shift + End to select all others, then press the Delete key. All emails included in the filtering scope will be deleted.

Using the Search Folder Feature

The Research folder is a very convenient way to collect all unread emails in multiple folders in one place, where you can then delete them. Here's how to use it:

  1. From the main screen, access the File Click on the New Research Folder button in the upper left corner of the window.
  2. A new dialog box will open with several search folder options to choose from. Click on Unread mail to create a folder that will collect all your unread emails.
  3. The navigation panel on the left now has a new Research records category, under which you can see the Unread mail folder you just created.
  4. Open the folder and use one of two ways to select all your emails:
    1. Highlight any email in the list, then press Ctrl + A to select them all.
    2. Highlight the first email, then use the Ctrl + shift + End of the combination.
  5. Tap Delete to delete all unread emails.

This is perhaps the most convenient option so far, as you don't need to enter each separate folder as required by the first two methods. Instead, the search folder will collect all your unread emails and you can delete them in seconds.



The last word

As you can see, Outlook comes with several native mass deletion options. There are some 3rd party solutions by the way, but they're really useless when it comes to mass email deletion. That said, they offer a variety of other options for managing email, so if you need such a solution, you can find the top-rated ones online.

When it comes to getting rid of your unread emails, the features offered in Outlook are more than enough. Do not you think?

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