Buttons in your Gmail toolbar

When you select an email, you'll see buttons under the search box that let you take action on your messages. For example, you can use the buttons to delete a message or mark it as spam.

Note: You can also see buttons when you right-click or hover over a message.

What the button icons & symbols mean

Archive : Archive the message

Report spam : Report the message as spam

Delete : Delete the message

Mark as unread : Mark the message as unread

Mark as read : Mark the message as read

Snooze : Snooze the message

Move to : Move the message to a label

Label : Add or remove a label

Reply : Reply to the message

Reply all : Reply all to the message

Forward : Forward the message

Attach : Forward as attachment 

Mute : Mute the message

Change your buttons to text instead of icons

You can change your buttons so that they show the name of the button instead of an icon.

  1. Open Gmail .
  2. In the top right, click Settings Settingsand then See all settings.
  3. Scroll down to the "Button labels" section.
  4. Select Text.
  5. At the bottom of the page, click Save changes.

Remove hover actions

When you hover to the right of a message, you'll see some of the buttons from your Gmail toolbar. You can turn those hover actions off. 
  1. Open Gmail .
  2. Click Settings Settingsand then See all settings.
  3. Scroll down to the "Hover actions" section.
  4. Disable hover actions
  5. At the bottom of the page, click Save changes.
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