I want to archive all my current messages in Trash in Gmail, but can't find the archive button anywhere.

How do I archive trashed messages?

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    now, that question just became much better than your prior one! :)
    – cregox
    Jun 1 '11 at 12:11

Only way I can think of is mark all with a label and put them back in your inbox then filter by the label you created select all and archive


Filter by typing label: trashlabelname in the serach box, or the label should be on the left hand menu

  • how do i filter by the label i've created?
    – Pacerier
    Jun 1 '11 at 11:35
  • @Pacerier see edit
    – Matt
    Jun 1 '11 at 11:39
  • if i filter by label:temp it doesn't show me the archive button anymore!
    – Pacerier
    Jun 1 '11 at 15:03
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    More Actions button will have the Archive option
    – Matt
    Jun 1 '11 at 15:33
  • My answer became quite redundant after reading this with proper care.
    – cregox
    Jun 1 '11 at 20:12

Simply move them to Inbox first, to take 'em out of the Trash. Then proceed as usual.

If by any chance your inbox isn't empty (as it should), you should probably label them before sending to inbox, so you can easily select them then.

Every organization method in gmail, including folders, is actually just a label hidden or tweaked. Try creating a label "inbox", "trash" or "spam" and you'll see they're already used "by the system".

So, archiving is in reality just removing the inbox label.

But the system labels each work in its peculiar way and have their own reserved buttons to "add" or "remove" them. In case of trash, that (currently) is "Move to Inbox" which will remove the Trash label and add the Inbox.

  • dang i really hope they would give a straightforward option to do it. moving those trash to my inbox first will require me to move my current inbox into temp label
    – Pacerier
    Jun 1 '11 at 15:04
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    @Pacerier, not if you label all the trash items first with your temp tag, then move them into the inbox, then filter for them and archive. Jun 1 '11 at 20:07
  • @Lance which is precisely what Matt had already suggested and both Pacerier and I overlooked! Sorry, Matt.
    – cregox
    Jun 1 '11 at 20:09
  • @Lance [quote]not if you label all the trash items first with your temp tag, then move them into the inbox, then filter for them and archive[/quote] which is precisely why they shld give us a straightforward option to do it.
    – Pacerier
    Jun 2 '11 at 5:23

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