It is practically impossible to read or delete an email as soon as we get a new mail in our inbox. Gmail power users who get hundreds of emails and tons of gmail desktop notifications pop ups in a week will agree with me.
Over a time span of couple of weeks, Gmail inbox starts looking like a maze. Read and unread messages gets so jumbled up that sorting them out becomes a terrible job. One solution to overcome this problem is to delete bulk emails in gmail but that means that some unread mails can also be deleted and in turn we can miss some important and interesting emails.
So the right solution is to separate emails that we have read and not read. For this purpose Gmail search has a couple of operators that can be used to easily segregate read mails from the unread mails. Using these operators one can easily select and delete unread messages in gmail.
How to select all unread messages in gmail?
To find all the unread mails –
Go over to the search box
Type is:unread in the search box
This will show only unread messages in your gmail inbox.
Check the check box above the emails to select all unread messages in gmail.
How to delete all your unread emails on gmail?
Once you are done with the above process you'll have all the unread emails of your inbox selected. After selecting these mails you can press the delete button to delete all your unread emails in gmail.
How to select all read messages in gmail?
To find all the read messages –
go over to the search box
Type is:read in the search box
Check the check box above the emails to select all read messages in gmail.
This nice tiddly trick to find read and unread emails in gmail might not be the most complex and technical trick but its usefulness is no less. It might come in handy in emergency situations hence it is adviced to always keep these two operators in mind and start using them so that they become a part of your working habits. BTW another technical tips that should be practiced and made a part of working habits is the use of Gmail keyboard shortcuts, you will astonished how easily these shortcuts will promote you from a normal gmail user to a power user.