How to Clear Up Space in Your Gmail Inbox

I was up to 87% full in Gmail, but there was no way I was going to search for every e-mail that had an attachment (type “has:attachment” in the search box), because I couldn’t sort by size. So I could spend hours deleting e-mails and gain only 1% back. I did search for “filename:.mov” to get rid of one kind of file that I knew was big. Even that would take forever, so I cast about for another way.

I finally found it: use Outlook to download headers only, then sort by message file size, then delete messages in Outlook, then sync up again. Would you look at me now!

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Full instructions here.

Author: Mark Ward

PhD in NT; theological writer for Faithlife; former high school Bible textbook author for BJU Press; husband; father; ultimate frisbee player; member of the body of Christ.

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