Muting or ignoring conversations
Have you ever 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.
How muting works
- Open Gmail.
- Open or select the conversation.
- Click the More button above your messages.
- Select Mute.
You can also use the keyboard shortcut m to quickly mute conversations.
When you mute a conversation, new messages added to the conversation bypass your inbox so that the conversation stays archived.
Muted conversations will only pop back into your inbox ready for your attention if a new message in the conversation is addressed to you and no one else, or if you're added to the "To" or "Cc" line in a new message.
Any relevant filters you have set up will still be applied to muted messages.
How to find a muted threadIf you need to find a muted conversation, or if you accidentally muted a thread, don't worry. Muted messages are not marked as read, and are still searchable. You can type is:muted into your Gmail search box to find all muted conversations.
How to unmute a thread
If you no longer want a conversation to be muted, there are two ways to unmute it so that future messages will be delivered to your inbox:
- Select the conversation, click the More button and select Unmute.
- Click the X on the "Muted" label.
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