is it possible to bulk delete emails in the native macOS Mail app?

macOS and Mac Apps

Does any one know of a way i can get rid of all of my emails from my yahoo account in mac mail?



Submitted by peter on Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Yes, that is a frustration for VoiceOver users. There is a button to "Select all" messages when editing a message list, but after doing that, there is no option for deleting the selected items.

We need to make a suggestion to the Apple accessibility support team.

The other frustration I have with mail on iOS devices (not limited to visually impaired people) is that all mail folders and sub-folders appear as expanded when expanding the root folder. What a mess that makes and a pile of sub-folders to navigate past when looking for a particular folder. Not very elegant.


Submitted by Maldalain on Thursday, April 27, 2017

Hi, do you mean deleting all mails from the native mail app on MacOS? Just CMD+A then CMD+backspace. Sorry if this is not what you meant.

Submitted by peter on Thursday, April 27, 2017

I think the problem of deleting all mail at once is an issue on iOS devices. I don't think there is any easy way of doing this.

When editing a message list in iOS, after hitting "Select All" there is no delete option.

Actually, now that I'm thinking of it, I believe that there might be a "Move" option and one can then move items to the Trash. I'll have to try that. Not as easy as hitting Delete since it takes more steps, but maybe it can work.


Submitted by Paul Martin on Saturday, April 29, 2017

This was most definitely about Mac mail. Look at what forum this is posted in… Could we stay on topic please folks? There are a couple ways of achieving this:
If you're looking to delete multiple messages contiguous or otherwise, there's always the multiple selection trick with Voiceover. Just select a row and use voiceover commands including VO+command+enter to fine-tune your selection. If you're however looking to simply delete all messages in a list, the aforementioned command+A will do the trick nicely.
A little tip, try VO+F6 when working on selecting items anywhere.