If you’re not the zero inbox type – and I definitely am not – you may sometimes rely on Gmail’s “Select all conversations matching this search” option to read, archive or delete hundreds or thousands of messages at once.
Except we can’t do that anymore, and not even a number of angry Gmail users we’ve noticed. The option was activated and disappeared.
@gmail Hey, why isn’t the “Select All Conversations”; option to mark thousands as read at once anymore?
I’m typing “is: unread” + checking the “All” checkbox, but instead of “Select all conversations” at the top of the screen, “No results found” …? pic.twitter.com/dercwGE5OE
– Laura McQuillan (@mcquillanator) September 30, 2020
Amazing that the “Select all conversations matching this search” option was removed from @gmail. what the hell are they thinking ??? actions can now only be performed on the maximum number of messages per page. crazy! please resolve as soon as possible @Google
– rick tait (@rickt) 1 October 2020
Instead, we see a navigation bar with a handful of shortcut buttons when searching, like so:
Google hasn’t responded to our requests for comment, so we’re still unsure if we’re looking into a new official UI overhaul for Gmail, a quick experiment, or maybe even a bug. So far a Gmail help thread from six days ago has gone unanswered.
It appears that Google’s Gmail support team was unaware of a change; on at least a couple of occasions, they gave instructions to the readers that no longer works.
Done. Let’s try these steps to mark all emails as read in Gmail: go to https://t.co/bXXJf3dEH5 on your computer> Search messages> Select all> Select all conversations that match this search> Mark as read. Keep us updated.
– Gmail (@gmail) 1 October 2020
It doesn’t help at all, because the Select all conversations option doesn’t appear. As my initial tweet indicates, I’ve done this before. I am not able now.
– Brant Barton (@brrrant_b) 29 September 2020
For now, if you want to read, archive or delete more than one page of conversations at a time, you may need to use a filter, using the “Also apply filter to matching conversations” button, then delete the filter after the fact.
I just tried some newsletters and it still seems to work. It’s just a hassle.