How to delete an email


Regularly deleting emails is good practice as it ensures that your inbox doesn’t get too clogged up with junk mail or old emails that you no longer need. For security reasons, it’s also recommended that you delete emails from people you don’t know. This guide explains how to delete an email in Gmail, but most email accounts follow a very similar process.
You’ll need:
  • a computer connected to the internet.
  • an email account that’s ready to send and receive emails.
Follow these step-by-step instructions to delete an email
Step 1: Log into your email account and make sure you’re on the dashboard (main page) of your account.
Step 2: Go to your inbox.
Step 3: Peruse your inbox for emails that you no longer need. When you’ve identified these, click the ‘select’ box to the far left of the each email so that a tick appears in the box.
Step 4: Once you’ve selected an email that you wish to delete, click the delete icon. You can also delete an email by opening it and then clicking the delete icon.
Step 5: Your selected email will be deleted.
Step 6: If you wish to delete more than one email, click  the ‘select’ box of each email that you wish to delete, as shown in Step 3.
Step 7: Click Delete once again.
Emails can also be deleted in the same way from your ‘Sent Mail’ folder
Other email applications may also require you to select the email that you wish to delete by clicking on it in a list or by opening it first, then choosing the Delete option.
Karen Maxwell is a Digital Unite tutor and assessor/trainer of computer accessibility.