How to Quickly Clean Out Your Yahoo Inbox

After writing the article on how to clean out your Hotmail inbox using their Sweep feature, I decided to take a quick look at my good ol’ Yahoo inbox to see if it hid a similar feature. Sure enough, it did! Although you won’t find it listed under sweep, with just a couple of clicks you can delete all of the emails in your Yahoo inbox rather easily. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Login to your Yahoo email account.
  2. Navigate to your Yahoo inbox. If you are a Yahoo Mail Classic user and haven’t already switched over to the All-New Yahoo Mail design, you should do that first. You should see a link on top-right portion of the page that says “Try the new Yahoo Mail”. If you don’t like the new design, you can always switch back to Yahoo Mail Classic.Try the New Yahoo Mail
  3. Once you’re in your inbox, look for the Actions button and left-click.
  4. A drop-down menu will appear with several actions you can choose from. Since we want to completely erase all of the emails in our Yahoo Mail inbox at the same time, we’ll choose the “Select All Emails” option by left-clicking on the action. This will select all of the emails in your inbox.Yahoo Mail Actions
  5. Look for the Move button (to the left of the Actions button) and left-click on it.
  6. A drop-down menu will appear showing all of the places where you can move the selected emails to. Since we want to “clean sweep” our Yahoo Mail inbox, we’ll opt to send everything to the TrashYahoo Mail Trash

That’s it – you’re done! Now all of the junk email messages you had in your Yahoo inbox are now tucked away in your Yahoo Mail trash. If you want to delete them right away, simply empty your trash or wait for the Yahoo system to automatically take care of that for you.

44 Responses to “How to Quickly Clean Out Your Yahoo Inbox”

  1. V Sanders says:

    I want to go back to yahoo mail classic . I do not have it under options anymore. I do not like the new mail and need to switch back right away. PLEASE I NEED HELP!!!!!

    • marcia says:

      I have the same problem and it is not under my options anymore either, I geuss I am going to leave yahoo, any ideas on a good one to switch to? There are so many and I have always used yahoo

  2. Ricky Barbee says:

    I want my yahoo mail classic also ,I do not like the new yahoo mail beta!!!!!!!

  3. Annette says:

    Thank you so much for your assistance. I have made it with a great relief!!!!

  4. screwyahoo says:

    yahoo sucks!
    use g-mail from 'stinkin' google :D

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  6. Michael says:

    That is all well and good for 25 to 200 at a time. But I had over 3000. So I changed the view to scrolling without preview pane and it gave me the entire list. Then I selected all with the checkbox up top left and deleted everything at one.

    • jimjim says:

      thank you, this comment seems to be the only info online to address this issue. I add 7000 emails to move, this saved me hours of clicking

    • Teresa says:

      THANK YOU! I had over 12,000 messages in my in box and I had no idea how to delete quickly. Your comment save me hour – no weeks of trying to figure this out.

    • Dandi says:

      Agreed, I had 47k worth of e-mail that I wanted to get rid of. You're a lifesaver!

    • Vix says:

      Thanks for that, I had over 4000! and was pretty daunted by doing them in blocks of 200, as for some reason Yahoo hates it and crashes. Now I have a lovely clean inbox again.

    • Ghm says:

      Thats fantastic thanks

  7. Jenna says:

    Oh my goodness, I am so glad I found this! It would have taken me years to delete all the stupid stuff I have!

  8. Teresa says:

    Thank you. —
    I never knew there was an easy way to do this.

  9. intruder says:

    Thank u buddy it was very useful

  10. Umair says:

    Awesome Option Buddy
    Thanks keep it up :-)

  11. Kyia Blackhawk says:

    Simply click on "scrolling list of messages below" on the option second to the right, next to the wheel icon which states to "rearrange". Then click on delete all, above messages…and they will be GONE!!!! YAY!!!

  12. It would appear that with the latest yahoo facelift (approx November 2012) that even if "scrolling list of messages" is ticked, that the view is limited to 200 messages, then click to the next page.

  13. Is there a simple, painless way to mark approx 20,000 messages as "read" please

  14. Meez says:

    I'm Not able to find the Select All Option under the new Yahoo

    Please advise.

  15. April says:

    me either

  16. mehdi says:

    i not got "try to new yahoo mail" option

  17. Kareem Farag says:

    go to Mail Options > General

    select show (200) message per page

    now you can delete 200 message per time , it's more easy

  18. nancy says:

    I don't want to delete ALL messages at one time BUT I would like to know how to delete all messages from certain senders all at one time. I use to be able to do that. I would do a search for all emails from JC Pennys and then when they would come up I could mark them all for deletion then I would pull up another senders emails and delete all of them. It gave me more control. Now I can pull them all up but it won't let me delete them………..what's up? Now what do I do??

    • Bob Barcus says:

      I'm not sure why it wouldn't work that way you described. I did a quick search in the new Yahoo Mail for emails from Microsoft. It displayed 6 messages, so I went to the checkbox at the top of the left column and selected "All" from the drop-down menu. Then I clicked on the "Delete" button in the purple bar. Yahoo Mail places a strike-through across the email subject, indicating that the message has been deleted (thus moving it into your trash folder). However, if you go back to your inbox, the messages should be gone. If you do a search for a particular sender again, the messages will appear with a strike-through because the messages are still technically in one of your mail folders. To get rid of them completely, you'll need to empty your trash folder by hovering over the trash folder. A trash icon will appear to the right, click on it and click "OK" when prompted.

  19. ramesh says:

    I'm Not able to find the Select All Option under the new Yahoo

  20. R STRONG says:


  21. katy keeffe says:

    My yahoo doesn't look like either of these versions mentioned above, I am confused. How do I delete about 5 thousand e mails at once?

  22. Bob Barcus says:

    Yahoo has changed significantly since I first wrote this article over three years ago. I'll try to get an updated how-to in the near future. With 5,000 emails, that's pretty significant…

  23. Chris says:

    2012 or not is there a way to filter what I want to delete like if I just want to purge a specific advertiser I’ve gotten way to many of and been lax in deleting.


    Oh and the thought that a person from 2014 had to time travel to 2012 makes me wonder why yahoo hasn’t made a nice solution for email hoarders.

  24. Prasanna says:

    mm, not helping my version. I don't know how to fix it… please help me

  25. Prasanna Clifford says:

    I found it… YES!!
    In newer version, just select all, scroll down – you will see all other emails again click select all.
    If you have set your preference as 50 emails per page, you will be able to select first fifty emails, if you scroll down you will be able to see other emails which you can select by clicking – Select ALL, do it until you completely select all – Now click on move to Trash…. Then Empty the Trash – ALL DONE!!

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  29. Is there a simple, painless way to mark approx 20,000 messages as "read" please

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  32. jason says:

    I have over 10,000 emails in my inbox. I would like to select certain emails that I get on a daily and clean out my inbox of all of the unwanted emails.

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