How to Delete and Mute an Outlook Thread

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How to Delete and Mute an Outlook Thread

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There may be times when you no longer want messages from a certain conversation thread to appear in your Microsoft Outlook inbox. Mute the conversation to ignore future messages from the conversation. When you mute a conversation, the messages associated with the thread are deleted and future messages in the conversation thread are prevented from reaching your inbox.

Instructions in this article apply to Outlook 2019, Outlook 2016, Outlook 2013, Outlook 2010, and Outlook for Office 365.

How to Mute Outlook Conversations

Follow these steps to delete a conversation and prevent future messages from appearing in your Outlook inbox.

  1. Open a message from the group or thread that you want to silence and delete.

    To open a message, double-click the message.

  2. In the email window, go to the Message tab.

    Screenshot of email with Meeting tab selected
  3. In the Delete group, choose Ignore Conversation.

    If the message is selected in the message list and is not displayed in its own window, go to the Home tab and select Ignore.

    Screenshot of Ignore in Delete group of Message tab
  4. A dialog box opens and warns you that the selected conversation and all future messages will be moved to the Deleted Items folder.

  5. Select Ignore Conversation.

Ignoring a message does not permanently delete the message or other emails from the sender. It also does not block those email addresses or set up email filters. It only ignores messages in one specific thread or group message.

Unmute a Conversation in Outlook

To recover a conversation from the Deleted Items folder and make sure future messages in the thread appear in your Outlook inbox:

  1. Open the Deleted Items folder.

    Screenshot of Deleted Items folder
  2. Open a message that belongs to the conversation you want to recover.

    Screenshot of deleted message with Message tab selected
  3. Go to the Message tab and select Ignore.

    Screenshot of Stop Ignoring Conversation message
  4. If asked, choose Stop Ignoring Conversation.

Unmuting a conversation recovers the messages in the Deleted Items folder that belong to that specific thread.