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I started using Gmail to read a high-traffic mailing list, and my inbox is swamped with these messages. I've successfully tagged all the messages with the same label ("Busy") and have a filter that will send future "Busy" messages straight to archive.

My inbox is still cluttered with hundreds of these things.

How can I select all the messages tagged "Busy" and archive them at one go?

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On the left hand side, click the Busy tag (or any other if you wish; it may be in a drop down) to bring up all of the messages with the selected label. Then on the top left of the messages pane, there will be a checkbox with a dropdown. Click the dropdown and select the All option. Now, under the More or More Options dropdown (upper right), select Archive. And you're done.

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brilliant; thanks kindly – Norman Ramsey May 12 '11 at 20:06
there seems to be no "Archive" in "More Options" any more..? – user15288 Dec 2 '11 at 10:08
@alex there is in mine. I haven't received the latest UI update yet though. – MBraedley Dec 2 '11 at 11:46
It's missing for me too. VERY frustrating... – Dave Dopson Sep 5 '12 at 20:27
For me it was missing because I had more messages then would fit on a single page. Under the tool bar there is a link asking if you would like to select all messages, since you might have more then the 100 that show per page. Once you select all of them, Archive will show in the more drop-down. – Ryan E Apr 21 '14 at 15:24

I had the same problem - 'archive' was gone. I think I know what happened: I had over 400 emails with a label marked 'Jobs'. When I select 'Jobs', the first 50 show on my screen. I previously selected 'All', but it apparently only select that first 50, and the archive option DID show up, but it looked like they were still there, so I tried it again. On the second try, 'archive' was gone.

To get it back, there's another step. Select 'all' once again, and notice that a link shows up saying something like "do you really want to mark all 427 conversations, or just the 50 on this page?" It's not very obvious, but you have to select that link.

Now the archive option shows up and seems to work. Oddly though, if I look at mail by selecting that label, they're still there. But, at least they're not in my Inbox, which is what I really wanted in the first place.

I guess I'm still trying to figure out the difference between 'archive' and 'delete'. I know I can still see both by selecting 'all email'.

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"Archive" simply removes the special "Inbox" label. "Delete" adds the special "Trash" label; items labelled "Trash" are deleted after 30 days. For what it's worth, "Archive" should always be available under the "More" menu, so long as at least one of the checked messages has the "Inbox" label. – Al E. Dec 14 '12 at 13:42

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