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Deleting Emails from Gmail?

Asked by temporary5 (5points) January 22nd, 2012

I want to delete every mail in my gmail account that has not been assigned a label. I ran out of space (I figured there was no reason to delete stuff I did not need, as I had the space; but now I don’t), so I need to clean up. Everything I want to keep has been organized to a label, but there isn’t a simple page for the label-free emails.

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jaytkay's avatar

He @temporary5, welcome to Fluther!

The first workaround that comes to mind:

Archive all your labeled messages

Your inbox will contain only un-labeled messages
But I don’t know about archived un-labeled messages.

According to this page, “There isn’t a search operator for unlabeled messages”

EverRose11's avatar

Wow I wish you luck on that, Me I just delete my unwanted mail at least once a week and if that is not possible I do it once a month ,either way I have managed over the years to keep my email boxes pretty cleared up for space. Good Luck with that .

jaytkay's avatar

I found something promising

You can search for everything minus a particular label. For example, to see my mail (archived or not) without the eBay label, I search for -label:ebay.

And you can subtract more than one at a time:
-label:{ebay craigslist}

Here’s where I found this tip:

jeremypdecker's avatar

Go to your All mail view, and click “Select all” (or the drop down option All from the checkbox far left of Archive | Spam | Delete buttons).

Underneath the | Archive | Spam | Delete | + | – | Move to Inbox | Labels | More | buttons… You’ll see a message appear in a yellow bar that says:

All 100 conversations on this page are selected. Select all 73795 conversations in All Mail

Click on the “Select all conversations” link on the right side of the message, then click delete. This will help you to remove all the message.

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