Can you shift select or drag select to select a bunch of messages in Gmail?

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You can use the same Shift+select to select a range and Ctrl+select to select multiples as you might expect in a desktop app.

A couple of other options:

  • If the items you want to select can be narrowed down via a search, you could perform the search and then use the select all option.

  • If not, you can achieve the outcome with keyboard shortcuts. Use j and k to scroll vertically, and use x to select the conversation.


Yes. You can check the first checkbox in a range of messages, hold the Shift key, click the last checkbox.

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