Google Mail: Delete Messages

Before you start...

Deleting a message will move it to your Trash. Items will remain in your Trash for 30 days before they are emptied and permanently deleted. Messages cannot be recovered once they are emptied.

For information on archiving messages, see the Google Mail: Archive Messages help page 

Deleting messages

To delete an entire conversation thread:

  1. In your Google Mail Inbox, check the box next to the message you would like to delete.
  2. Click the [Delete] trashcan icon.

To delete a single message from a conversation thread:

  1. In your Google Mail Inbox, click the conversation to open it.
  2. Next to a message that you would like to delete, click the down arrow next to [Reply].
  3. Click "Delete this message."

To "undelete" a message, or remove it from Trash:

  1. In Google Mail, click Trash in the sidebar to open it. (You may need to click the "More" down arrow. To show "Trash" if it is hidden, click the "Manage labels" link under "More" in the sidebar and click "show" next to "Trash.")
  2. Check the box next to the message.
  3. Click the [Move to] file folder icon drop-down and select "Inbox" from the resulting list. You could also select a label if you want to label it without returning it to your Inbox.

To permanently delete a message:

  1. In Google Mail, click the Trash label.
  2. Check the box next to the message you would like to permanently delete.
  3. Click [Delete forever].

To empty your trashcan:

  1. In Google Mail, click the Trash label.
  2. Click the "Empty Trash now" link.
  3. Confirm that you want to delete all the messages in "Trash" by clicking [OK].

Warning!

Information technology cannot recover messages that are emptied. The messages are deleted permanently.


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