Some days I feel as though I’m well behind the curve. Today is one of those days.
I’ve been using Gmail for probably a year now as my main email channel. I also surprised myself by preferring the web interface.
I seldom read emails directly in the Inbox. Most emails are filtered to their own labels – especially those from mailing lists, and then I tend to read emails listed in a specific search that locates unread emails that don’t have a certain set of labels.
Now, if you read an email directly in the Inbox there’s a nice big Archive button for any you want to keep. If you read them from a search instead, there’s no Archive button. I know there are some keystrokes available for archiving, but I don’t recall them, and they don’t always suit how I’m reading my mail anyway.
So, until today I’ve been tediously clicking on the More Actions menu and choosing Archive.
But today the bulb went on: Inbox is only a label. Remove the Inbox label and the message is archived. And there’s a nice, easy way to remove labels, right at the top of each message. Duh.