I’ve been on quite a few computers here recently and have noticed that many people are Gmail users. One thing I noticed is that they do not keep a cleaned out inbox. I have pointed out it is a good thing to archive the emails and get them out of the inbox. By archiving the emails you are simply sending to them to the “All Mail” folder or tag; therefore, they are not deleted. By archiving your mail you will immediately discover that WOW factor where you will start to feel organized…
The problem is if you have thousands of emails to archive. Gmail will only allow you to select a certain number to archive at a time (which is usually 50 or 100). You can go this route, but it literally could take you hours to clean out your inbox and archive your mail.
The workaround solution to this problem is this — Courtesy of Peter Bonez — Data Science in the Nation’s Capital
- Enter in:inbox into the search bar
- Press the search button or press return to run the search
- Click on the small down arrow on the search bar and select Create filter with this search
- Click OK when warned that the filter will not apply to new mail
- Select Skip the Inbox (Archive It) and Also apply filter to X matching conversations.
- Click Create Filter
IMPORTANT: Gmail will think for a moment, then poof! your inbox will be empty, with all your mail tucked away safely in your archive. It’s a good idea to delete the filter you just created to avoid unwanted behavior. Just navigate Settings –> Filter and delete the in:Inbox filter.