How do I select all messages in a folder in Mail for Windows 10?

One of the easiest ways to perform an action on every message in a folder is to use the select all functionality. Once you've selected every message in a folder, you can perform various actions on them such as deleting the messages, moving them to another folder, set or clear flags on the messages, or mark them as read or unread.

If you don't want to select all messages, you can select a single message or multiple messages at the same time.

Note: If you want to empty your Trash folder, see the steps at the end of this article.

Select all messages in a folder
  1. Choose Select Enter selection mode in the upper-right corner of the window.

  2. Choose the check box next to the folder name to select all messages in the folder. If you want to deselect one or more individual messages, you can uncheck those messages one by one.

    Select all messages in a folder

To perform an action on those selected messages, use the various menu options at the top of the screen. For additional menu option, choose More. Shows the "More" icon in Windows 10 Mobile

Select multiple messages by using Shift+Select and Ctrl+Select
  1. To choose two or more messages in a folder at once, you have several different options.

    • Choose Select Enter selection mode in the upper-right corner of the window, then use the check box next to each message you want to select.

    • To choose consecutive messages, select the first message, then scroll up or down in the message list until you find the last message you want to select. Hold down the Shift key and select the last message.

    • To choose non-consecutive messages, select the first message, then scroll up or down in the message list. When you find another message you want to select, hold down the Ctrl key and select the next message. You can do this multiple times.

  2. Once you've selected the messages you want, use the various menu options at the top of the screen. For additional menu option, choose More. Shows the "More" icon in Windows 10 Mobile

Empty your Trash folder

To delete all messages in your Trash folder, you can use the steps above to select all messages in that folder, or you can use the Empty folder command. To empty your trash, choose More in your folder list. Under All folders, right click the Trash folder and choose Empty folder.

For more information

To learn more about Mail for Windows 10, see Mail and Calendar for Windows 10 FAQ.

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