- To find archived emails in Gmail, you can search for them individually, or use the “All Mail” function.
- Gmail doesn’t lock your archived emails in any way, so they should take only a few moments to find.
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On any given weekday, I start the morning staring down the barrel of at least three dozen new emails.
So, that’s why it’s important to do anything I can to keep my inbox as organised as possible.
One of the best ways to do this is to archive emails. Gmail allows you to use the archive function to remove emails from view in your inbox without deleting them. This reduces the amount of emails in your inbox, but keeps the emails for you to view later.
However, for this to work, you’ll need to know how to find those archived emails later. So, here’s how to find an email that you’ve archived in Gmail, using any internet browser on a Mac or PC.
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How to find archived emails in Gmail
The simplest way to find an archived email is to type the email address of the sender, or a few words you know are in the email’s subject or body, into the search bar at the top of the Gmail page on your Mac or PC. This works in the mobile app as well.
Gmail will find and display emails whether they are in your inbox, sent messages, archived, and so forth.
You can also use the “All Mail” option to show all of your email at the same time, which includes new emails, those in the trash, sent messages, and of course archived email.
1. To show all of your emails in Gmail, click on “More” with a downward arrow beside it in the column to the left of your email.
2. Then, click “All Mail” and scroll through your entire Gmail trove, including archived emails.
To unarchive any archived email, select the “Move to Inbox” option, which is shaped like a square with a downward pointing arrow, in the toolbar above the archived message.
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