When I click the checkbox to select all the emails, it selects all the emails in my view.

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Which means that if I have 900 emails in my inbox, and tick the checkbox, it will select… 9 emails. I would therefore have to reproduce the action 100 times to select them all and perform an action on all my emails.

The behavior is the same with search results when searching strings within an email.

This behavior of the app makes it nearly impossible, or at least very difficult and tedious for me to organize my emails (because, yes, I do get over 900 emails very quickly that I need to sort).

Is it possible to select all the emails in the inbox or all the emails in a search results with one click?

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When you click the checkbox to select all the emails the email content window displays a menu which includes the buttons of options for the selected emails which has a header counting the number of selected emails. You can find the selection url for all the emails just below this header which reads as "Select everything in your Inbox folder".

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  • Ok, works great thanks! Do you know if I can select all the emails that are the results of a search? (I might ask another question for that but it's very similar) Commented Jul 21, 2016 at 16:12
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    When I do this it does not give me an option to Move, just mark as read or mark as unread
    – endolith
    Commented Mar 23, 2017 at 13:54
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    Unfortunately, with enough messages you lose both the Move and Flag options. Drag and drop disappears as well so I can't drag my 5,000 messages into a folder like I want.
    – Aaron R.
    Commented Mar 14, 2018 at 17:12
  • After unchecking the Show in groups option in the sort options drop-down list of the mail box in the Outlook desktop application, I could select messages from the particular date and older. (But then the Move... command would abort after few seconds).
    – eel ghEEz
    Commented Jun 5, 2018 at 6:08
  • That option is missing when I follow these instructions... maybe it has been removed now? How frustrating! Commented Jun 28, 2018 at 22:34

This won't help much, but if you reduce the size of the font, it'll display a few more, so a few more will get selected.

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    reduce the size of what?
    – serenesat
    Commented Mar 24, 2017 at 10:02
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    zoom-out a little your browser , is what he meant.
    – Sid
    Commented May 26, 2017 at 19:58
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    Ugh what a terrible interface.
    – endolith
    Commented Jul 19, 2017 at 13:54
  • The "Select Everything" option suggested by @Montag451 doesn't allow me to move all emails to a different folder. I ended up zooming out and making the font tiny, hitting (cmd + A) to select all, and dragging them into the tiny folder. Had to repeat this about 20-30x to move about 1000 emails.
    – Toland H
    Commented Jul 24, 2017 at 22:28

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