Archive or mute Gmail messages

If you want to clean up your inbox without deleting your emails, you can archive or mute them. Your emails are moved to a label called "All Mail."

  • When you archive a message: The message will come back to your inbox when someone replies to it.
  • When you mute a message: Any replies stay out of your inbox. You can search for the conversation if you want to find it again.

Archive an email

  1. On your computer, 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 press e 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When you search in Gmail, your results will include any messages that have been archived.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 If a message has been archived, you can find it by opening the All Mail label.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. On your computer, 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. On your computer, open Gmail.
  2. Open an email message.
  3. Click Move to Inbox.

Mute or ignore messages

  1. On your computer, open Gmail.
  2. Open or select the conversation.
  3. In the top right, click More and then Mute.

Tip: To mute more quickly, use the keyboard shortcut m.

Michelle is a Gmail expert and the author of this help page. Leave her feedback about this help page.

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