A mammoth mountain of mail
During a recent long spell of ill health I accumulated 15,000 emails! Is there a simple way of erasing them all of them at the same time? Shirley Collin
If you use the default Mail app to read your emails, deleting them all is very easy. Click the Inbox on the left and then press ç+A to select everything in it. Right-click anywhere on the selected messages and choose Delete from the contextual menu.
If you don’t want to delete emails from before your illness, you can create a new Smart Mailbox that selects all emails for which the date received falls within a range of dates you specify. This will create a virtual mailbox that contains only emails that match that condition, which are the ones you want to delete. Again, with that mailbox selected, press ç+A to select all of its contents, right-click and choose Delete to get rid of them.
If you normally view messages through a web page in a browser, then deleting lots of them at once can be more fiddly. Most webmail interfaces only let you select 25 or 50 messages at a time, so working your way through page after page will take a while. It’s easier to connect Mail to that service by clicking Mail > Add Account and following the instructions from there.