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Is there a way to make Gmail store messages up to three (3) years in "Trash" before they really remove it?

Currently, emails sitting in Trash are automatically deleted after 30 days. I would like this to be longer. I'm okay if they do that at the expense of my storage space.

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Now, why would someone want to look in a 3 years old trash? You're definitely mistaking it by archive. – Cawas May 31 '11 at 22:15

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Archive your messages instead of deleting them/moving them to the trash.

Alternatively, you could create a "Trash" or "Deleted" label, then change the label settings to not "show in message list". Move your "deleted" messages to that label/folder and purge every few years!

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+1 for archiving. Trash is for Trash. – William Jackson May 31 '11 at 10:59
@Pacerier archive just means remove inbox label. The "second option" is adding a label - and arguably you'd want to archive it as well. – Cawas Jun 1 '11 at 12:00

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