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Deleting multiple waves in Google Wave with a Mac

I joined Google wave sometime late 2009 but all I did was accept an invite because a friend had invited me to a group. I didn't bother to try it out let alone look at the features until this morning. The same friend was at a networking event with me last night and was giving me a hard time about not being involved in the Wave… so this morning I decided to jump in and see what it was all about.

There's a lot of things going on and none of it seems familiar to me. More importantly I had conversations piles up from the group I had joined beginning late November. So first things first, I needed to delete the old conversations. i quickly discovered, there is no sign of a select all button. Every wave has a check box and that's it. So now what?

As usual, Google help offers a huge amount of information, yet most of it is vague unless you're specific in your problem – not as helpful as one would like.

So I did a little digging and found a Google Wave 101 help guide at Skimming, I found a mention of using the keyboard shortcuts. That comment paired within info I scrounged from Google help, I discovered the way to delete waves in bulk is relatively simple.

  • Select one message
  • Scroll down your message list
  • Hold down the Shift key and select a message further down the list
  • you should see all the message in between the two highlighted as yellow now
  • Then click the “unfollow” button at the top of the page.

At this point, it might appear that nothing is happening if you have a ton of messages you're trying to delete all at once. So refresh your page and you should see all the messages have disappeared. Alternatively you can chose the “trash” button and simply move your messages to the trash.

Note: if you can't see the trash button at the top nav area, stretch your main Wave window wider to the right, it's up there, I promise.

I'm not convinced I need Google Wave yet, but if a group I need to network with is there, I guess I need to at least know how to use the tool.

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