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Mark messages as read or unread

If you want to remember to read a message later, you can mark it as unread. You can also mark messages as read without opening them.

Mark as unread

  1. On your computer, open Gmail.
  2. Open the message. (If you want to stay in your inbox, check the box next to the message).
  3. At the top, click More and then Mark as unread.

Mark as read

  1. On your computer, open Gmail.
  2. Check the boxes next to the messages you want to mark.
  3. At the top, click More and then Mark as read.

Mark all messages as read

  1. On your computer, open Gmail.
  2. In the top left, click the Down arrow Down Arrow and then All.
  3. At the top, click More and then Mark as read.

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