I selected a few important mails and mistakenly clicked on Archive.

I don't know where that mails are? Where can I find them?

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    You should almost always use Archive rather than Delete if you want to remove messages from your Inbox. GMail has a very large (and ever-increasing) storage capacity so you're better off never deleting anything and always having the ability to search for and retrieve messages later.
    – jwaddell
    Commented Oct 2, 2009 at 1:05
  • is it so hard for google to make a default label "archive" or "whatever" that is auto assigned for the emails that pressed(so easy) the button [archive]? actually im doing this manually: i've made a label "archive", i assign this label to the email and then i press the button [archive]. i found this as minus at gmail functionality.
    – boombapaboom
    Commented Feb 2, 2011 at 12:09
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    @boombapaboom archiving means removing the Inbox "label", an Archive label would be just not having the Inbox label. Commented May 8, 2012 at 20:39

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In the left pane there should be an "All Mail" option. If there isn't, expand the down arrow that should say something like "6 more" (see screenshot below), and click All Mail. Select them and you can move them back to the inbox if desired.

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  • Yeah, but, as jwaddell said, when you click on Archive, the selected messages are removed from Inbox. All Gmail messages have markers, so, when doing that, you are removing Inbox marker from selected messages. To see all messages regardless of markers, do as explained by John T. To retrieve those e-mails to your Inbox, search for them, select them and move them to your Inbox.
    – kokbira
    Commented Feb 2, 2011 at 11:37
  • @John T you have alot of SPAM!
    – Benny
    Commented Feb 27, 2011 at 6:59
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    You can also use the "-in:inbox -from:me" search to find messages that you've archived. Commented Apr 9, 2012 at 18:56
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    or simply in:all
    – Betlista
    Commented Jan 4, 2013 at 11:58

Archive removes the label inbox on your mail, without any other labels on the mail it's possible to find under All Mail or via search (as already said). I don't agree that they 'go to All Mail' as all (except Trash and Spam I think) mail is always there.

  • So it's actually better to trash emails than "Archive", at least you can find them easily >.<
    – Salman
    Commented Apr 15, 2014 at 1:39
  • @SalmanAbbas "Trash'd" emails are automatically deleted after 30 days. The "Trash" also isn't searched by default.
    – MrWhite
    Commented Feb 6, 2016 at 20:14

They go to All Mail. It should on the left side in the list under Compose Mail. Gmail changed some stuff around a while back so it might be hidden for you. If it is, click Settings (upper right corner), go to the Labels tab, and select which System labels you want to be displayed.


At Gmail emails aren't located at places. Mails have labels and you can search based on labels.

In this case you can either search for the mail in question or click on all mails.


Don't worry about where they are, just search for them.

And, if you've not done anything else since mistakenly clicking "Archive", there's a bar at the top saying

The conversation has been archived. Learn more Undo

Click the "undo" link there

If you have keyboard shortcuts enabled, "/" takes you to the search box, "z" is for undo.

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