While you might already be accustomed to marking certain emails as junk or spam in Microsoft Outlook, occasionally, there might be something that comes from a sender who you can’t flag in that manner.
Whether it’s a friend, family member, or coworker, you can sometimes be in a conversation that you don’t need to see.
Our tutorial will show you how to ignore an email conversation in Outlook 2013 so that all of the messages from that conversation go right to your deleted folder.
How to Use the Microsoft Outlook Ignore Option
- Open Microsoft Outlook.
- Select a message from the conversation.
- Choose the Home tab.
- Click the Ignore button.
- Choose the Ignore Conversation button.
Our guide continues below with additional information on how to ignore an email conversation in Outlook 2013, including pictures of these steps.
You might be wondering how to ignore an email conversation in Outlook 2013 if you have been inadvertently added to a large group email.
When mistakes like that happen in office or corporate environments, they are typically followed by replies asking to be removed from a mailing list or complaints about the mistake.
All of these “reply all” emails can take a heavy toll on an email server, and they will all wind up in your inbox if you were a part of the conversation.
One way to make this less of an inconvenience, however, is to use the Ignore feature in Outlook 2013.
This will cause every future email that is a part of this message conversation to be moved to your Deleted Items folder, where it won’t get in the way of your work.
How to Automatically Move Messages in a Conversation to the Delete Items Folder in Outlook 2013 (Guide with Pictures)
The steps below will work for email messages in a specific conversation. The “ignore” status will remain active until 30 days after the last message in the conversation has been sent.
Step 1: Open Outlook 2013.
Step 2: Select a message from the email conversation that you wish to ignore.
Step 3: Click the Ignore button in the Delete section of the ribbon at the top of the window.
Step 4: Click the Ignore Conversation button to confirm that you wish to move this email and all future ones in the conversation to the Deleted Items or Trash folder.
If you find that you have ignored an email conversation inadvertently, you can open the Deleted Items or Trash folder where the ignored messages are currently located, then right-click on one of the messages and click the Ignore option.
You will then click the Stop Ignoring Conversation button to have future messages in this conversation delivered to your inbox.
Now that you know how to ignore an email conversation in Outlook 2013, you can use this feature to minimize the distractions that are caused by a particular bothersome email conversation.
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