Archiving mystery????

I am completely lost with Archiving!  I tried Auto-Archive (and not) and Archive Now with All Mail selected for both my email accounts - nothing happens!  AND I can NOT see any Archive folder despite having hundreds of Local Folders in plain view  Has the Archive folder not appeared because the Archiving hasn’t worked?  I have years of emails and want to Archive anything older than 1 year.  Can anyone supply a set of “How To” instructions for the computer illiterate among us?

Auto Archiving requires that you specify a scope, otherwise it will do nothing. It took me some days of looking at the settings to discover that the scope can be changed.

Click on the word None, and choose what to archive.

See if that makes any difference.