I heart gmail Archive button

In Google’s gmail webmail offering, one of the things I absolutely love and adore is the Archive button. So simple. So easy. So perfect for what it does.

You read an item. You absorb the content. You hit Archive. It goes away. Into the netherworld. Tucked into place where Google’s almighty seeing eye knows right where it is. Archive is freedom. Archive is release. Archive allows you to free yourself from past communication, ideas and concepts, safe in the knowledge that it is a simple click on the “All Mail” link to see what you need again. Or simply search for it, and lightning fast, it is back for you.

But you don’t have to categorize it. You don’t have to worry. Just hit Archive, and it is gone. Out of sight, out of mind. I really want an Archive button for everything now. Okay, I’m done with you, click Archive. Next. I think Archive is one of the most useful features of gmail, and is a concept which will spread to other software, it is just that good of an idea.

That is all. Archive. You heard it here first.

What do you want an Archive button for? Add your comments below.

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6 responses to “I heart gmail Archive button”

  1. Hi,
    I simply love the archive feature of Gmail.
    But sometimes I become worried… I just have a doubt and it would be very nice if you could answer that… Does the archived mails stay with me forever or does it get deleted after some days like spam ???


  2. But then again, if you are using Mozilla Firefox as your web browser (and you should be), you can install the Gmail DELETE button extension, which will move your message to the Trash Can, which is emptied every 30 days. Archive vs Trash: now that’s something to talk about. But would much rather have them disappear than hang around without me knowing it.

  3. What I would REALLY like is an option to go to the next message (older) after archiving a message. I like to read, then archive, then repeat. It is frustrating to go back to the inbox after every archive event.

    If anyone knows how to do this, please post.

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