Boycott Cyber Monday with this Gmail search trick.

How to Use Gmail Search to Boycott Cyber Monday

How to Use Gmail Search to Boycott Cyber Monday

Future Tense
The Citizen's Guide to the Future
Dec. 1 2014 12:32 PM

How to Use Gmail Search to Boycott Cyber Monday

TROY, MI - NOVEMBER 29: Shoppers hold their bags as they take advantage of Black Friday deals at Somerset Collection shopping mall on November 29, 2013 in Troy, Michigan. Black Friday is one of the busiest shopping days of the year, where retailers offer discounted merchandise. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)

Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images

My Slate colleague Will Oremus told you why you should boycott the marketing mess that is Cyber Monday. I’m here to help you do so in Gmail by allowing you to delete all of those promos rapidly.

In the steps below, I use Gmail’s advanced search operators to limit my query to only those items currently in my Inbox, which includes all of your tabs, including Promos. If, like Farhad Manjoo, you think it’s useless to chase inbox zero, then this will help even more.


Three steps:

1. Type “cyber monday in:inbox” into Gmail's search box.

2. Click the “select all” box to check all the messages.

3. Click the trash can icon to delete.


Screenshot of Gmail

Done. Of course, you may have to do this again later in the day, but the satisfaction will make the already minimal effort worthwhile.

If you’re feeling really aggressive, save this as a Gmail filter and have Gmail delete them before you ever see them.

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