How to Delete all Unread Emails in Outlook?

Last Updated on August 12, 2022 by Amit Bansal

If you use Microsoft Outlook, you know that it can be frustrating to have hundreds of emails in your inbox you can’t read.

It’s even worse when you know that several of them are junk, but you can’t seem to find a way to delete them every single time.

In this article you will get all your answers ‘How to Delete All Unread Emails in Outlook‘:

Deleting All Unread Messages

Before deleting all your unread messages, you need to compile all unread messages on a single platform. there are a few methods to find unread emails in Outlook:

  • Search Function
  • Filter Feature
  • Search Folder Feature
  • Sort Feature
  • Instant Search feature

All the above actions result in a list of unread emails which you can easily Delete.

Find Unread Emails Using Search Function and Delete

Outlook consists of a couple of Search functions to compile unread emails and delete them.

# Method 1

Step 1: Open Microsoft Outlook Application and go to the folder which consists of that unread email you like to delete.

Step 2: That folder consists of multiple emails (Read and Unread), Press Ctrl + E or click on the search bar above for opening a New Search Tool.

Step 3: Search Tab appears in the ribbon, which consists of multiple options, Click the unread tab, and that single click removes/hide all read emails from the list, only Unread Emails are visible.

Step 4: Now it’s time to delete those emails, you need to select all emails, there are multiple ways to select multiple emails.

Step 5: Click the Keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift + End after selecting the topmost email of the list, or use the Keyboard shortcut Alt + A.

Step 6: Click the Right mouse button and click Delete, or users can also use the Delete button from your keyboard to remove all selected unread emails.

# Method 2

Another approach to gathering unread emails in your folder is the Unread tab, which is available just above the list of emails started, by default All emails are selected, in this case, click on Unread and the folder hides all read emails from the list.

After that, Click the Keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift + End after selecting the topmost email of the list, or use Keyboard shortcut Alt + A.

Click the Right mouse button and Hit Delete, or users can also use the Delete button from your keyboard to remove all selected unread emails.

# Method 3

The third method is the Sort feature, Outlook arranges all emails in the folder according to their arrival i.e. by date, click on the sort of button, and select Unread email, which results in all emails arranged with unread emails.

Now, Click the Keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift + End after selecting the topmost email of the list, or use the Keyboard shortcut Alt + A. Click the Right mouse button and Hit Delete, or users can also use the Delete button from your keyboard to remove all selected unread emails.

Using the Search Folder Feature to Delete Unread Emails

Using the search folder feature you can easily assemble unread emails from multiple folders into one place and delete them instantly.

Here is the step-by-step method:

Step 1: Open Outlook Application, Click on the folder tab from the ribbon.

Step 2: Click on New Search Folder, Search folder dialog box appears.

Step 3: Select Unread mail from the reading mail section.

Step 4: From the Search mail in the section below, select the email address you like to find unread emails from, if you have only one email added in Outlook, by default that email address is already selected.

Step 5: Click Ok, now you can check an individual folder named – ‘Unread mail’ appears, which includes only unread mail.

Step 6: Now to delete all unread emails, right-click on the folder and click delete all.

Or you can open the folder and click Keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift + End after selecting the topmost email of the list, or use Keyboard shortcut Alt + A.

Click the Right mouse button and Hit Delete, or users can also use the Delete button from your keyboard to remove all selected unread emails.

Use Filter Feature to Find Unread Email & Delete Them

Filter features are quite like sort features explained above in Method 2, Select your email address from the left navigation section, and select the folder, you like to find unread emails.

Go to home tab >> Click Filter Email drop-down list, Select Unread.


You will get all your unread emails on your screen. Click Keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift + End after selecting the topmost email of the list, or use Keyboard shortcut Alt + A.

Click the Right mouse button and Hit Delete, or users can also use the Delete button from your keyboard to remove all selected unread emails.

Steps to Delete All Unread Emails in Outlook Web

Outlook Web is a fast and convenient way to access your Outlook inbox. But like any program, it can be cluttered with messages you neither need nor want to see.

You can delete individual email messages, but if you’re looking for a quick and effortless way to clear away everything at once, here’s what you need to do.

Open Outlook Web, from the home screen, and select your desired folder which consists of pills of unread emails you like to delete.

Click Filter then Unread, which will sort all unread emails in that folder, Click Ctrl + A to select entire emails.

Click the right mouse button and click delete or from the right navigation portion, you observe “Everything in Focused is selected., Click Empty Focused.

In both, actions all your unread emails will be deleted and sent to the trash folder.

There are multiple methods to gather all unread emails in a folder, delete unread email messages is similar, the question is which method do you like the most, which takes less time.

Final Words

Outlook’s Inbox is a mess. Go in with a plan of attack. First, move all emails that are actionable (deadlines, etc.) to a folder.

Finally, deleting all, the features offered in Outlook is more than capable enough. Don’t you think?

Frequently Asked Question (FAQ)

How many unread emails can I delete at once?

You can delete ten emails at once, thirty emails at once, or up to one hundred emails at once, depending on the Unread Email you select.

Amit Bansal

Hello, my name is Amit Kumar Bansal, and I am the founder of MailSmartly.com. Through this blog, I focus on Microsoft Outlook, offering insightful and informative content. Additionally, I produce educational videos on YouTube to further enhance the understanding of my audience. visit my YouTube Channel

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