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I want to clear my mail from my Gmail account, but don't feel like selecting every message (also the archived ones).

Is there an easy way to delete all my mail from Gmail without having to delete my account?

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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.

The actual deletion process may take a very, very long time, during which you will be unable to use Gmail or log in (don't worry, it's still churning away in the background, even if it gives you an error!)

When it's done, all conversations (except spam) will be in the trash and you should see a message that says "You don't have any mail! Our servers are feeling unloved."

Now just empty the trash and delete all spam, and your account is now empty.

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Wonderful....thank you so much! What a pain to constantly push page by page –  user15702 Dec 20 '11 at 17:44
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I have a feeling from his quoting "You don't have any mail! Our servers are feeling unloved" that @bdonlan deleted all of his own e-mail to provide you with this answer. Now that's dedication. –  Phong Feb 24 '12 at 22:49
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@Phong, apps for your domain makes getting test accounts easy :) –  bdonlan Feb 25 '12 at 2:53
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