GMail Filing – the simple way

I don’t like moving unread mail to my GMail archive.  But I do want to automate archiving my email, AND I like my inbox clean.

Here’s how I make it easy (for me).

1) Create a filter – for a friend, your work email, whatever.  Have the filter apply both a label (or multiple labels) and have the filter star the item.  Starring the item is important.

2) Read your mail when you can – it is already labeled and starred.

3) Once you read your email just click on the “starred” selection under “select”

4) This selects all of your starred email.  Click  “archive”.

5) Poof – all your filtered email is tagged and archived.  You can deal with the unfiltered stuff separately.

It’s a really simple hack, but it works well for me.