Mail/Gmail and the Archive Button

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by Silverstring, Aug 24, 2013.

  1. Silverstring macrumors member

    Apr 30, 2005
    First off, I don't have access to Mavericks, this a question for the people who do.

    Even since the Archive button was introduced in Lion Mail, I've been hoping that we'd be able to map that button to function the way Archive does in Gmail (remove the "Inbox" label, but keep the message in "All Mail"...keep in mind that I want the delete key to move messages to the trash in this scenario, as well).

    Currently, the Archive button, when used with Gmail accounts, will create an "Archive" folder (really a label) in the gmail account, and add that label to any message highlighted when clicking the "Archive" button.

    Any chance this behavior is changed in Mavericks? Can we map what we want the Archive button to do, or is the behavior the same as Lion and Mountain Lion?

    I prefer to use Mail as my only client (I hate webmail interfaces and only use them when away from my machine), but find myself falling back to Sparrow or AirMail when dealing with my Gmail accounts because of the way the Archive button works in those programs.
  2. Apollo1111 macrumors member

    Feb 20, 2012
    I am wondering the same question.

    I've been hoping that feature would come to the Mail app on the Mac ever since they added it to iOS. Never understood why the Archive button in iOS mail worked properly with Gmail but the Mac Mail app didn't.
  3. Silverstring thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 30, 2005
    I know, so annoying!

    Glad to know I'm not the only one. It seems like a relatively simple feature to add, too, and they have to know that people want it.
  4. antoniogra7 macrumors member

    Jun 12, 2012
    I don't have any archive labels in my Gmail account and I've been using the archive button in Mavericks' Mail for a while. It seems to be working as expected. The same applies to iOS 7.

    EDIT: I have actually tested it right now, Mail removes the Inbox label just like it would work in Gmail web app.
  5. Silverstring thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 30, 2005
    Thanks so much for the reply! Believe it or not, this might be the Mavericks feature I'm most excited for, after battery life improvements for my laptop. It's THAT important to my workflow.

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