The mute button in Gmail

I literally LOL’d when I saw the mute button on Gmail – what could it possibly do?

I don’t know if a lot of you have noticed it, but it is a little button at the end of the “More actions” option.


Turns out this is exactly like the new “Ignore” button in Microsoft Outlook 2010, and if you select a conversation and mute it – all future emails part of that conversation are directly archived without showing up in your inbox.

From Google Help:

If you’re subscribed to a mailing list, you’ve no doubt been subjected to the ‘thread that just won’t die!’ If you’re part of a long message conversation that isn’t relevant, you can ‘mute’ the conversation to keep all future additions out of your inbox.

By using the ‘m’ shortcut key, new messages added to the conversation bypass your inbox so that the conversation stays archived. If your address appears in the to or cc field, though, the conversation will pop back into your inbox ready for your attention.

Muted messages are not marked as read, are still searchable, and can specifically be found by searching for:


Click here to see how you can find muted conversations and turn it off as well.

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