If I delete an email and also delete it from trash, is it deleted for good and frees up space on my computer?

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Yes, if you move messages to the Trash and then empty the Trash, then yes, those messages are gone forever1.

But no, that will not free up any local storage, because your Gmail messages are stored in the cloud.

1 You may be able to recover "permanently" deleted messages, but only if you do it soon after they're deleted. See: Is it possible to recover an email that has been clicked "delete forever" in the trash folder?

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