A friend tells me on the old Yahoo Mail she used to use an option to select all unread mail in order to delete them all.

But in the new Yahoo Mail interface this option doesn't seem to exist. But is it maybe hidden somewhere?

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These are the steps you can follow to delete unread messages but it's not a clean way but you've only this option to do so :

  1. Change your view to "Sort by Unread". View is on the same row as the Delete button.

  2. Here you have two options, you can either, click on the individual unread message or you can click on the select all check box and deselect all the read messages. Which ever that requires less clicking. Either way, you want to have only the unread messages selected.

and select "Delete"

  • Once they're ordered this way you can also click on the select box of the first one you want to get rid of, hold shift, then click on the select box of the last one, then hit "delete". Oct 17, 2011 at 7:29
  • Well this does seem to be the only way so you get the cookie (-: Oct 18, 2011 at 12:48

Just type is:unread in the search bar and click on Search mail. Then if you want to delete them all at once, click on Select all and Delete.

  • Will "select all" select all the ones currently visible, or all the ones that are unread? Feb 8, 2014 at 6:14

I delete my messages as follows: Select page you want to delete (in my case I view 200 messages per page), select sort by date, all of the messages on that page will be selected, then select delete, all messages on that page will be deleted. Repeat process for each page you want to delete.


To delete items showing in INBOX as unread

Using Yahoo 7 - If you right click on INBOX a drop down box will appear with

Mark as Read - Left click on this box and it's done.

They are deleted from your 'unread' without being seen by you. If you want to read them don't do this because you have no way of identifying which ones they were. They are now listed as 'read.'


Just click purple box next to From header.

  • 3
    Perhaps you can add a picture, so that people see what you're talking about?
    – Jacob Jan
    Dec 3, 2012 at 6:37

Use Advanced Filter, then pick out all messages in inbox with a common keyword, then "Select All" or Ctrl+A, delete, you can do more than 100k messages at once but it's slow.


Type is:unread in search box. Select Mark as Read in drop-down menu labeled More


If you need to delete the unread items within a specific folder then you can enter the command

in:Foldername is:unread

click on the Search button. Select all by clicking the checkbox in the header and click Delete. This will delete all unread messages in the folder.

If you want to delete all the mails, regardless whether they are read/unread, just type in:Foldername, search and delete.


In the search box type: is:unread then left-click the box above the emails and select all then hit delete icon.

It will delete hundreds at a time to the trash.

  • How is this any different from @Sree's already-upboted answer? Jun 30, 2014 at 23:17

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