Email experts advise against using your email inbox as storage and instead suggest frequently cleaning it out and storing old messages in archive folders instead. For Gmail users, here’s a filter that will move all messages older than a certain date to your archive. Click “Create a Filter” and in “Has the words” enter “before:2009/07/01”. Now choose “Next.” Check “Skip the Inbox” and the box that says “Also apply this to the conversations below.” Now click “Create Filter.” Of course, you can change the filter to use any date of your choice, in the format “before:YYYY/MM/DD”.
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John D. says
You can also create time-based Gmail filters with Google Apps Script : http://www.johneday.com/422/time-based-gmail-filters-with-google-apps-script
Tips like this make the Internet a richer place. Thank you!
Anthony Maw says
great idea but do you have any idea on how to get it to archive messages in a sub-folder hierarchy as well ?
thank you!!! I finally got rid of 13000 messages, it feels great!
Chris Austin says
That’s cool. Is there a way to create a filter that will archive emails that are x months old? So I wouldn’t have to keep updating the date in the filter.
Thanks for this. I couldn’t even find this information in Google’s help file.