How to Erase All Unread Messages in MSN Hotmail

By Sara Hickman

On a free email service such as Hotmail, it is not uncommon to receive spam messages that you don't want to read. Some people also forward their emails to other accounts, which are subsequently swamped with spam. Instead of reading through hundreds of unwanted or repeated messages, you can delete the messages while they are "unread." This saves you time when clearing out your Hotmail account.

Step 1

Launch your Internet browser and log into your MSN Hotmail account using your email address and password.

Step 2

Click "Hotmail" from the top menu bar to access your inbox. Click "Unread" in the list of messages.

Step 3

Check the box next to "View" to select all unread messages. Right-click on the area with the messages and select "Delete." This will move all the messages to your trash can. Alternately, you can click "Delete" on the menu bar second from the top to move the messages to the trash.

Step 4

Click "Deleted" on the left menu bar to access the trash can. Click the box next to "View" to check all messages. Right-click and select "Delete"---or click "Delete" on the menu bar second from the top---to permanently delete the messages.