How To Unstar All Items at Once in Google Reader

Greasemonkey Logo for FirefoxI love Google Reader a simple and fast RSS reader that allows you to subscribe to web sites and blogs to keep on top of the latest posts. While it is an amazing tool there are still a few things about its functionality that annoy me to no end. One of those is the implementation of stars to keep track of posts you want to make note of.

I use stars to keep mark posts I would like to read or blog about later. The problem is, I am not always the best at going in and removing those stars. Every few months I end up with hundreds of starred items I have no interest in going back to. Unfortunately Google doesn’t provide the ability to mass unstar items all at once.

Luckily there is a simple solution to bulk remove those starred items if you are using Firefox.

Step 1

You need to install GreaseMonkey on Firefox. Greasemonkey is a browser add-on that allows you to install scripts or small pieces of code that do specific things.

Click the link above and go through the usual steps of accepting the installation of software. (There are instructions for using Greasemonkey scripts with Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Apple Safari browsers)

Step 2

Next you need to install the script to mass remove stars in Google Reader. Visit userscripts.org and hit the install button.

Step 3

Visit Google Reader and click on the “Starred items” tab. There you will see all of the items you have starred in the past.

Step 4

Use Greasemonkey to remove stars in Google Reader

You will see a little Greasemonkey icon in the top right corner of your browser window. You can click on it and go to “User Script Commands” then select “Remove Stars in Google Reader.”

You can also get to it by clicking

Tools >Greasemonkey > User Script Commands > Remove Stars in Google Reader

Then watch the stars disappear.

No Starred Items in Google Reader

Note: The script will only remove the items that appear on screen. Scroll down to the bottom of the browser window and more starred items will load. Keep scrolling down until all of your starred items appear. Then you can remove them all at once.

That is it! You can find more useful scripts here.