An example I might wish to occasionally mark, as read, everything in the 'iPhone, iPod, iPad, Apple Watch' and 'iOS Blog Discussion' areas. I can make a browser window that comprises one tab for each of the following: http://forums.macrumors.com/forums/75/mark-read http://forums.macrumors.com/forums/99/mark-read http://forums.macrumors.com/forums/105/mark-read http://forums.macrumors.com/forums/107/mark-read http://forums.macrumors.com/forums/109/mark-read http://forums.macrumors.com/forums/115/mark-read http://forums.macrumors.com/forums/131/mark-read http://forums.macrumors.com/forums/137/mark-read http://forums.macrumors.com/forums/138/mark-read http://forums.macrumors.com/forums/140/mark-read http://forums.macrumors.com/forums/151/mark-read http://forums.macrumors.com/forums/154/mark-read http://forums.macrumors.com/forums/156/mark-read http://forums.macrumors.com/forums/157/mark-read http://forums.macrumors.com/forums/162/mark-read http://forums.macrumors.com/forums/165/mark-read http://forums.macrumors.com/forums/170/mark-read http://forums.macrumors.com/forums/172/mark-read – or something like that. Essentially, a collection where each link both: prepares for personal pretence about an area of disinterest; and is nonspecific about the period of each pretence. In the absence of a single-step option to directly mark, as read, selected items, workarounds can include the following combination: single-step preparation to indirectly mark, as read, preselected items; followed by multiple steps to confirm each prepared pretence. In plain english: collect, in a window, one tab for each sub-forum where unread things are to be marked as read in each tab, click the ambiguously-worded 'Mark Forums Read' button use your web browser to create a single bookmark for all tabs within that window – 1, 2, 3 … no letter 'p'. Side note: wondering about permissions None of the following work because although forums 179, 180 and 181 are presented as such (in breadumb trails and the like) – http://forums.macrumors.com/forums/179/ http://forums.macrumors.com/forums/180/ http://forums.macrumors.com/forums/181/ – respectively, the iPad, Apple Watch and iOS forums – none of those forums can be treated as a forum for the pretence of reading all content. @arn or staff: without knowing about permissions in XenForo, I wonder whether an exceptional permission – at, for example, nodes 179, 180 and 181 – might allow less verbosity in workarounds such as the one above. Something like, a combination of: disallow new threads; plus allow all unread content to be marked as read.