How to Select All Email Messages on Outlook.com

Easily Select Every Email at Once

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Selecting multiple emails, or even selecting all emails in a mailbox folder, is really easy to do and can come in handy in many ways.

Maybe you want to delete messages in bulk, move several emails at once, mark all messages as read or unread, archive a whole folder of emails, send several messages to the junk folder, etc.

Outlook Mail doesn't show you every single message on one page. Instead, you have to click through each new page to see more emails. However, you don't have to manually select every email from all of those pages because you can use the select all option to grab all of them.

Outlook.com is where you go to access your Microsoft-related email accounts, including Windows Live Hotmail.

How to Select All Email Messages at Once

  1. Go into the folder that has the emails you want to manipulate.

  2. Locate the name of the folder at the top of the page, just above the emails in that folder, and hover your mouse on top of the name. A semi-hidden button will appear to the left of the folder name.

  3. Click that circular button to immediately select every message in that folder.

  4. You can now do whatever it is you wanted to do with the selected emails, like delete them, archive them, move them to a different folder, mark them as read/unread, etc.

Once you've selected all the emails, you can deselect any that you don't want included in the group. For example, if you want to select multiple emails but leave out one or two, follow the steps above to highlight all of them and then click the checked bubble next to any email you want to remove from the selection.

For even more flexible sorting and selecting, you might consider using a dedicated email client. For example, if you're using Microsoft Outlook, you can easily back up your email information for safe keeping.