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How to Select Absolutely All Messages in a Gmail Label, Collection or Search

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If a Gmail Label Contains More Than You can View...

Gmail typically displays 25 conversations (or messages) per page. That's great as showing all 49230 messages in All Mail could be slow and bothersome.

But what if you have searched for all 129 emails exchanged with a person and want to label — or delete — them all in one go? Do you have to select and then apply the label six times, screenful by screenful?

Fortunately, Gmail offers a faster and easier way to select all conversations in the current label, search or collection so you can act on them swiftly.

Select Absolutely All Messages in a Gmail Label, Collection or Search

To select all messages in the current collection:

  • Click the checkbox that heads all individual conversations' checkboxes in the Gmail collection toolbar.
    • You can also click the down arrow next to that heading checkbox and select All from the menu or press *a.
  • Now click Select all ___ conversations in ___.

Finally, choose the desired action from the toolbar or the More drop-down menu.

(Updated July 2011)

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