A mam­moth moun­tain of mail

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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.

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