When I send mail to all contacts in my list (that's a huge number), I get a lot of failure notices that fills my thread. But I don't want to delete my actual sent email and the one I forwarded which is in same thread.

So currently what I have to do is, for all the number of failures, Expand All > Options > Delete this message. This is very tedious.

Not answers for me:

  • I know I can filter them, but then many other times I need to see that my email is properly delivered.
  • Don't want to create filter using subject of the email every time I send email to all all my contacts.
  • Also I know that if nothing works, I will have to remove the contacts from my contact list to which sending email fails more often.

(# key can be used as a shortcut key to delete whole conversation)


It's not possible to delete a single mail using your keyboard.

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  • # is the shortcut to delete a conversation. – IsmailS Jul 26 '10 at 6:45
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    No keyboard shortcut exists to delete a single message. (Gmail seems wired to try and keep people from thinking of anything but "conversations".) – dgw Jul 27 '10 at 1:47
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    Yeah it's pretty aggravating. My use case is I have these reminder emails - that spam up a conversation. I like to quickly delete them, and so a keyboard shortcut would make life easier – cavalcade Dec 31 '15 at 6:02
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    I'm hoping someone could make a Chrome extension to do this. – Artem Russakovskii May 24 '17 at 17:17
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    It's very painful to not have such a hotkey. – Jacques Bosch Apr 6 '18 at 12:21

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