How To Archive Messages in Gmail

Keeping track of your Gmail messages can be a daunting task. Especially if you’re someone like me who lets it build up and up and up until there’s more than 2,000 messages sitting in your inbox, and every time you open it up you want to pull your hair out in fistfuls. Okay, I’m calm now. Promise.

The good thing about Gmail is that it has a nifty little archive function you can use to keep track of all your messages. How does one go about using this tool? It’s as easy as tying your shoe laces, God willing you have laces, that is.

First, you want to select the message you intend to archive. Check the box next to it. Go on, check it. Don’t be afraid. There, see how easy that was?

Next you want to hit Archive button at the top. Do this, and your message disappears. Oh no!

Have no fear, you’ve archived it for a reason: so you can easily find it again. At least, I hope that was the reason.

If you’ve labeled the email before archiving it, click on the label that it belongs to on the left-hand side, and you’ll find it there, archived with every other email under that label. If you didn’t label it, you can still find the archived message by also going to the left and clicking on All Mail. There you will find not only everything in your Gmail client, but also your archived messages. I suggest you smack some labels on those emails though, in order to find them later.

Presto. We’re done! See how easy that was?

Now where did I put my shoes?