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My Gmail account does not have the "select all" checkbox, so I have to select one by one.

Is there any other way to delete all my spam messages?

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What browser and Operating System are you using?

The select checkbox looks like this:

Gmail select checkbox

It does look different than the checkboxes next to messages. If you click the checkbox itself, all messages will be checked. Clicking again will reverse this. If you click the down arrow next to the checkbox you'll get this menu:

Gmail select menu

Options are:

  • All
  • None
  • Read
  • Unread
  • Starred
  • Unstarred

This allows you to select exactly the messages you want.

Of course, the Spam label is special. In addition to all of that there is this link at the top of the messages:

delete all spam messages

Clicking that link will delete all of the spam messages, just as it says.

However, if you're not seeing that then possibly your browser is way out of date or you have something that is blocking the visibility of the HTML.

(Or, as OnenOnlyWalter points out, you're using the Basic HTML view.)

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Just to add a little more context, @Josh is right, there is no "Select All" option when viewing your inbox in the Basic HTML view:

Screenshot of mail options in basic HTML view

The only way to get the option to "Select All" to show up is to switch to "Standard View" You can do this by selecting the link at the top of the page:

Link to switch back to Standard view

Once you do this you'll be taken back to the Standard Gmail, where the "Select All" option will appear.

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I have never seen gmail not have Select All-- Just to be sure you aren't missing it, it's directly above the list of emails, below the search bar, to the left of the refresh button.

However, to delete the spam without clicking one by one, you could also wait 30 days and they will be deleted automatically.

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