Gmail Tip – Selecting Multiple Messages

by Ross McKillop on May 7, 2007

Here’s one I just learned the other day -

If you need to select a series of messages in Gmail, click the first one ..

hold down the Shift key and select the last one ..


  • Derek

    I found something else to be really usefull in Gmail. Once you are ready to send your e-mail, just hit ‘Tab+Space’ in that sequnce and your message will be sent! tab+space

  • Ross McKillop

    I’ll be damned. You’re right. That’s genius!

  • LissaKay

    Ctrl also works to select non-sequential emails

  • LissaKay

    And the Tab+Space combo works here too

  • Spencer

    Tab+Enter also works to send emails within Gmail…

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  • chris

    doesn’t seem to work with me? firefox issue? https issue?

  • Jim C.

    tabbins one or more times moves the focus (I think that’s the word) to another spot on the page. Pressing space at that point is the same as clicking on that spot. Can be used for things like regular buttons, radio buttons and checkboxes.

  • Jim C.

    tabbins -> tabbing

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  • James

    ok, this discussion’s topic was covered well enough and even added to BUT:

    how does one select multiple recipients? :

    I put an ad online, got responses, to which this entire group I want to send a general info reply, & I’d like to be able to just select each recipient in my inbox and click reply BUT there is no reply button there.

    OK, drop knowledge on me at least one person–amidst the babble of spammers, lowlifes, and posers pretending to know but just critiquing or doublspeaking. Maybe I’ll get no replies.

  • James F. Rooney

    once several emails are selected, can they be batch printed, rather than the tedious method of loading them in individually and printing them one by one?

  • samsonite s

    I agree with you James, it’s useless that gmail doesn’t allow multiple replies. And along the same lines, doesn’t provide a means of quickly adding contacts from the inbox to a particular contact group.

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  • lektira

    dont work for me.. :(

  • Jckliss

    Pour moi cela ne fonctionne pas, pourquoi ?

  • Vaish

    Not able to select multiple mails. Gmail sucks.