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How do I delete multiple messages in OS X

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nick baccante Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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Apr 21, 2013 8:54 PM

Hi

is there a way to delete multiple messages in the Messages app? I can only delete one at the time and I also wish there was a way to not have the deletion confirmation every time. Better yet, deleting multiple messages across all devices would be the ideal

thanks

nick

  • sig Level 8 Level 8 (35,770 points)
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    Apr 22, 2013 4:10 AM (in response to nick baccante)

    Shift click.

  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (66,805 points)
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    Apr 22, 2013 2:38 PM (in response to nick baccante)

    Hi,

     

    Multiple Conversations (iMessages) or Chat (Buddy connections) cannot be selected using shift + click to be deleted or closed.

     

    In an open Conversation or Chat  individual IMs or Messages  also cannot be selected to be deleted.

    Highlighting one message and then using CMD + Backspace will produce the Pop up to delete the whole Conversation/Chat.

     

    If you have Messages Menu > Preferences > Messages > Save on closing chat then you have to close the chats or conversations individually to be saved.

    They do get Saved "en masse" as it were on Quit (as in Per session).

     

    The Sync process for iMessages is only "Display on all Devices" and not any more sophisticated than that.

    It means you have to delete the conversation manually on each device.

     

    An option to delete a Conversation on a Sync basis would create even more pop ups to ensure people were undertaking the exact action they wanted.

     

     

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    10:37 PM      Monday; April 22, 2013

     

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  • sig Level 8 Level 8 (35,770 points)
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    Apr 23, 2013 2:01 AM (in response to Ralph Johns (UK))

    "Multiple Conversations (iMessages) or Chat (Buddy connections) cannot be selected using shift + click to be deleted or closed."

     

    Yes they can be deleted on mass by selecting one and shift clicking on the others. Then selecting Delete will get rid of all the messages selected. Give it a try.

  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (66,805 points)
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    Apr 23, 2013 12:10 PM (in response to sig)

    Hi Sig,

     

    Maybe I am not following this as I should.

     

    I created two "New Messages" in the list on the left.  (I rarely keep old Chats/Conversations open)

    One to my Apple ID as an iMessage (to my iPhone essentially) and the other to an AIM Screen Name I have.

     

    I sent text to both to ensure that there was a "Conversation" as such.

     

    I then made sure one item in the list was highlighted.

    Holding Shift down and clicking the other Chat/Conversation only highlights the second item.

     

    This is what I tried before I posted before and I have just tried it again with the method above.

     

     

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    8:10 PM      Tuesday; April 23, 2013

     

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  • sig Level 8 Level 8 (35,770 points)
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    Apr 23, 2013 5:12 PM (in response to Ralph Johns (UK))

    What about messages that you send and recieve in a conversation?

    I do this all the time. I select the first message and shift click on the second, third, etc and then hit the Delete key.

  • sig Level 8 Level 8 (35,770 points)
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    Apr 24, 2013 7:03 AM (in response to nick baccante)

    Then perhaps I misunderstood what it is you want to do. Sometimes it's difficult not being in the same room. Imprecise terminology also gets in the way

  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (66,805 points)
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    Apr 24, 2013 1:37 PM (in response to sig)

    Hi Sig,

     

    Yes. That seems to work.

    I can highlight an item in a Chat, seeming placed there by the "history" process, and highlight it and then others with Shift  + Click then use the Backspace key.

    This generates the Pop up asking if you want to proceed.

     

    However when I tried this earlier I am sure that the process deleted the whole conversation (as I stated in my original reply)

    Opps. Spotted what I did.  I used the Menu items that lists CMD + Backspace that is for Deleting Conversations and not individual IMs (or iMessages).

     

     

     

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    9:33 PM      Wednesday; April 24, 2013

     

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  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (66,805 points)
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    Apr 24, 2013 1:50 PM (in response to nick baccante)

    Hi Nick,

     

    Can I check we are all using the same language for the same items ?

     

    In the File Menu of Messages is the Delete Conversation with the keystrokes of CMD + Backspace is listed.

    If you highlight an individual IM in the Chat window side then whole conversation will be deleted after you confirm deletion.

     

    There is no Menu item for removing individual IMs or iMessages from such a chat/conversations.

     

    However, as I eventually understood Sig to be saying, you can highlight items in the chat window side and use the backspace (delete) key and remove those individual items from the chat/Conversations.

     

    As Messages is iChat+ and has iMessages added to what iChat could do I refer to Buddy List connections as "IMs" for individual parts and "Chats" for the whole thing.

    Whereas I say "iMessages" for individual parts and "Conversations" for the whole thing for the iMessages connections you have going on.

     

    I stated this in my original reply

     

    In an open Conversation or Chat  individual IMs or Messages  also cannot be selected to be deleted.

    Highlighting one message and then using CMD + Backspace will produce the Pop up to delete the whole Conversation/Chat.

     

    As I have posted to Sig I made the mistake of using the File Menu keystroke for deleting a Conversation/Chat  when trying to delete individual IMs/iMessages and informed you incorrectly about this.

    I apologise for any confusion this has caused.

     

     

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    9:50 PM      Wednesday; April 24, 2013

     

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  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (66,805 points)
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    Apr 25, 2013 12:13 PM (in response to nick baccante)

    HI,

     

    As I said in my first reply you cannot Shift+Click the List of Chats/Conversation on the left of the Messages  (Main) window.

     

    In Messages Menu > Preferences > Messages I have the Save option selected.

    For me using the X when mousing over a chat/Conversation only seems to close the items rather than Delete it.

    It is of course removed from view in the Main Messages window.

     

    I would use this Feedback page to make suggestions about the app.

    I have pointed you to the iChat feedback page as Messages is iChat+.

    It is built on the iChat engine and is identified to the system as iChat.

    You will have to put your Version and OS version in the free text field as the drop downs for the version Numbers and the OS are out of step.

     

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    8:13 PM      Thursday; April 25, 2013

     

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