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Mark an entire email folder as Read in Hotmail

If you check your Hotmail emails from a desktop email program, you will probably be familiar with the "Mark folder as Read" command, which takes all Unread messages in that email folder, and marks them as Read. If, like many, you use the "Unread" cue to let you know that there are some actionable emails in a folder, this feature of the new Windows Live Hotmail is a godsend, which spares you from manually selecting all emails, and then marking them as read. This tutorial shows you how to mark all messages in a folder as Read.

Mark all emails as Read

Follow these steps to mark all messages in an email folder as Read: (note that emails already marked as Read are not affected in any way).

Manually marking all emails as Read in the new Hotmail

This is all it now takes to automatically mark an entire email folder as Read in the new Hotmail! The short frame below shows you how to manually mark messages as Read in a email folder that doesn't support the Sweep menu.

Manually mark all messages as Read in Hotmail Note that Hotmail's Sweep menu is not (currently) available inside the Junk folder or the Deleted items folder. If, for some reason, you want to mark email messages as Read inside one of these two folders, you will have to do it the old way: click on the "Select all [emails]" checkbox to include all email messages visible in the current screen, and choose "Read" under the "Mark as" menu.

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Tutorial last updated on February 19, 2012
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