Automatically Delete (or Mark as Read) All Spam in Gmail

Gmail’s web interface has one very annoying feature. It shows in bold how many spam messages you have in the spam folder. I and others requested a fix for this years ago, but nothing ever happened.


Via Matthew Gallant though, here is a tip to instantly delete all your spam, or at least mark it as read so that you aren’t constantly reminded about it.

In Gmail, go to Settings->Filter->Create a New Filter. In the box for “Has the words:”, put “in:spam” (no quotes). Hit next, ignore the message. Then check “Delete It” or else “Mark It Read” and press the “Create Filter” button. Voila, no more annoying spam.

Another way to hide the spam is to just use another email client, such as Thunderbird. Gmail recently added support for IMAP access to your email from 3rd party email clients.

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4 comments on “Automatically Delete (or Mark as Read) All Spam in Gmail
  1. Anonymous says:

    This is easy & brilliant! Thank you so much!🙂

  2. John Q says:

    I created this filter and tried it. It deleted the spam but I still see the number in bold in parenthesis where it says “Spam”, however there are messages in Spam.

  3. Miguel says:

    Much appreciated. Great and easy fix.

  4. John says:

    Thanks for the tip

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