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Archive Gmail emails

If you want to clean up your inbox without deleting your emails, you can archive the emails. When you archive an email, it gets moved from your inbox to a label called "All Mail" and isn't deleted. If someone replies to a message you've archived, the message will come back to your inbox.

Archive an email

  1. Open Gmail.
  2. Open the message or check the box to the left of it. To archive multiple emails, check the box next to all emails you want to archive.
  3. Near the top of the page, click Archive Archive.

Tip: If keyboard shortcuts are turned on, you can also click y to archive an email you're looking at.

Find or move messages you archived

Messages you archived aren't deleted, and you can still find them any time.

Search for archived messages

When you search in Gmail, your results will include any messages that have been archived.

Learn more about search in Gmail.

Open the All Mail label

The All Mail label is added to every message. If a message has been archived, you can find it by opening the All Mail label.

  1. Open Gmail.
  2. On the left side of the page, hover your mouse over the label list.
  3. At the bottom of the list, click More. You may need to scroll down to see it.
  4. Click All Mail.
Move archived messages back to your inbox
  1. Open Gmail.
  2. Open an email message.
  3. Click Move to Inbox.

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