Why Use Pine to Delete Messages?
The most efficient way to clear many messages from an inbox or subfolder is to use Pine. Because this email program does not have a graphic interface like Webmail, Outlook or Mozilla Thunderbird, speed is improved and less application overhead is required.
STEP 1. Log into Pine and open your inbox. Note that each message is numbered, which will help you to select the ones you want to remove.
Figure 1 – Pine Inbox
STEP 2. Press the semicolon key (;) to select messages.
STEP 3. You will be prompted to choose your selection criteria. If you want to delete all of the messages in your inbox, press the a key for ALL . If you are not selecting all of the messages, press the n key for NUMBER and enter the number sequence. For example, you can enter 1-4 to select messages 1 through 4. To add others, type a comma, then enter the next number or block. As another example, entering 1-4, 8, 10-13 will select messages 1 through 4, message 8 and messages 10 – 13. (See Figures 2 and 3)
Figure 2 – Select Criteria
Figure 3 – Messages Are Selected
STEP 4. Press the a key to start the APPLY command. You will be prompted to enter the command to apply. Press d key to choose DELETE and mark all of the selected messages for deletion.
Figure 4 – Choose Command To Apply
Figure 5 – Messages Are Marked For Deletion
Figure 6 – Expunging Messages
STEP 6. After the messages have been removed, the screen will display an empty inbox, along with the number of messages expunged: Figure 5 – Empty Inbox