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Gmail: Mark All Incoming Email as Read

📅 2010-Feb-05 ⬩ ✍️ Ashwin Nanjappa ⬩ 🏷️ filters, gmail, inbox zero ⬩ 📚 Archive

Since I have been following Inbox Zero for quite a while now, the only email seen in my inbox are unread email. If there is new email when I open Gmail, it is acted upon immediately or_ moved_ to other labels (folders) for later action. So, there is no point of the read-unread status of email in the inbox for me. Also, I do not like to see my inbox showing a unread count or seeing new email in the unread style (bold fonts).

In short, I would like all my incoming email to be marked as read. Since Gmail has no setting to do this, here is how I use a filter to achieve the same:

  1. Create a new filter. In the Has the words field enter is:unread and press Next Step ».
 
 
  1. Gmail pops up a dialog warning that this is not recommended and should it continue? Press OK.
 
 
  1. Check the Mark as read option and press Create Filter.