How to Clean Up Spam in Gmail

Dear computer lady,

How do you clean up all the accumulated spam messages in Gmail?

Do they take up extra space?

I am concerned since my computer works so slow at times.

Thanks in advance . Judith

Dear Judith,

First, I want to say that I think Gmail does the best job of filtering out spam messages that I have seen. At this point, I use Gmail to access all my email, and I am rarely bothered by spam any more.

Fortunately for you and I, Gmail automatically cleans up accumulated spam messages by automatically deleting messages in the spam folder that are more than 30 days old.

If you want to manually delete some of the messages in the spam folder, you would click on that folder in the column on the left of your Gmail window, then select and delete the messages just like your regular inbox messages.

Since Gmail is web-based, having a lot of messages saved in your Gmail account will not slow your computer down.



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    • ron007
    • July 30, 2013

    I like to manually clear out the spam every couple of days. I prefer to do it manually because I scan through the list and usually find at least a couple of emails that were mistakenly marked as spam.

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