How To Mute Emails In Outlook App

Learn how to mute emails in Outlook app and maintain a clutter-free inbox using its native features and with the help of Clean Email. Let our easy-to-follow guide you along the way.

Muting Outlook Notifications For Maintaining Focus

We live in a fast-paced digital world, and it's common for emails to arrive faster than we can process them, resulting in distraction and loss of focus.

Fortunately for all users of Microsoft's desktop, mobile, and web-based email app, it's possible to mute Outlook notifications to reduce distractions and maintain focus on important messages.

When you use the Outlook mute thread feature, you essentially silence its notifications, keeping your inbox clutter-free without missing essential conversations.

How To Mute An Email Thread In Outlook

Follow the step-by-step instructions below to mute email threads in Outlook on the various platforms the email client supports.

Important: Unfortunately, learning how to mute an email thread in Outlook is complicated by the fact that Outlook doesn't have a 1:1 equivalent of the Gmail mute feature. That's because the Gmail mute feature automatically moves future replies to a label called All Mail, while Outlook's take on the same feature, called Ignore Conversation, moves future messages in the conversation directly to your Deleted Items folder.

Desktop App

Here's how to mute an email thread in Outlook using the desktop app (the instructions are intended for the Windows version of Legacy Outlook, and they don't work anywhere else):

  1. Launch the desktop app.
  2. Select the email thread you want to mute.
  3. Click the Ignore option in the Delete Group on the Home tab.
  4. Pick the Ignore Conversation option.

The conversation will be moved to the Deleted Items folder, and that's also where you can find any future replies.

Web App

Follow these instructions to use the Outlook mute thread feature in the Outlook web app:

  1. Log in to the web app.
  2. Select the email thread you want to mute.
  3. Click the down-facing arrow next to the Delete button.
  4. Choose the Ignore option.

Just like when muting emails using the desktop app, the selected email thread will be relocated to the Deleted Items folder.

Mobile App

Unfortunately, the Outlook mute thread feature is not available in the Outlook mobile app. The best you can do is to mute Outlook notifications for the entire app, allowing you to reduce distractions from incoming emails while on the go. To do this, simply follow these steps:

  1. Launch the mobile app.
  2. Tap on your profile image.
  3. Tap the Settings gear icon.
  4. Navigate to the Notificationssection.
  5. Change the notifications settings to mute Outlook notifications.

💡 Tip: If you're wondering how to mark all emails as read, check out our guide on how to mark all emails as read in Outlook. For iPhone users, here's a guide on how to mark all messages as read in Outlook on iPhone.

How to Mute an Email Thread in Outlook Using Clean Email

Clean Email is a third-party inbox cleaner that works with Outlook and all other major IMAP-based email services. Its Mute feature offers a more efficient and user-friendly way to stop unimportant email threads from cluttering your inbox—all while still ensuring that you don't miss any important messages.

When you mute an Outlook thread using Clean Email, the inbox cleaner will ensure that all future replies are delivered to your inbox but automatically marked as read. As a result, the messages won't interrupt your workflow or distract you from more important tasks, but they will still remain readily available.

Here's how to mute an email chain in Outlook using Clean Email's Mute feature:

  1. Go to:
  2. Sign in with your email address and password.
  3. Select the Senders tool in the left pane.
  4. Choose the email thread you want to mute.
  5. Click the Mute button and confirm your decision. You can optionally apply the Mute action to existing messages in addition to all new ones.
  6. Click the button that says MuteClick the button that says Mute

In addition to the Mute feature, Clean Email also offers powerful Auto Clean capabilities, which are more customizable than rules in Outlook. With Auto Clean, you can set up rules to automate just about any inbox management action, from marking emails as read to flagging emails in Outlook based on conditions such as domain name, date, size, and so on.

For example, here's how to move emails to folders in Outlook automatically using an Auto Clean rule:

  1. Select the Auto Clean tool in the left pane.
  2. Click the Plus icon to create a new rule.
  3. Automatic rules with feature Auto Clean in Clean EmailAutomatic rules with feature Auto Clean in Clean Email
  4. Name the rule and specify the trigger conditions.
  5. Select Move to action and choose the desired folder.
  6. Click Create Rule.

The Smart Folders feature is one of the unique aspects that make Clean Email an excellent choice for Outlook users who are feeling overwhelmed. This feature organizes similar emails into groups automatically, helping to streamline and declutter your inbox.

Smart Folders feature in Clean EmailSmart Folders feature in Clean Email

The Screener feature is a standout characteristic of Clean Email. Screener intercepts any messages coming from new senders, quarantining them for review. This way, your inbox remains safe from potential spam or unwanted messages, giving you better control over your email experience.

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All inbox cleaning actions are conveniently summarized by the Action History Summary feature, while Cleaning Suggestions offer ideas for rules and quick actions based on your past behavior and other users' preferences.

Cleaning Suggestions feature in Clean EmailCleaning Suggestions feature in Clean Email

Mute emails in Outlook - FAQs

Can you mute an email thread in Outlook?

Yes, you can mute an email thread in Outlook using the Ignore Conversation feature. This feature is available only in Outlook for Web and Legacy version for Windows. Mobile users can use a third-party inbox organizer like Clean Email, which offers its own mute feature.

What happens when you put an email in ignore in Outlook?

When you put an email in "ignore", Outlook will automatically move the ignored email and any subsequent replies in the conversation to the Deleted Items folder.

How do I stop emails from threading on Outlook?

To stop emails from threading, you need to disable Conversation View. Here's how to do just that in the web version of Outlook:
1. Log in and click on the Settings gear icon in the top-right corner.
2. Choose the Show each message separately option under Arrange message list.

How do I turn off notifications in the Outlook mobile app?

To turn off notifications in the Outlook mobile app:
1. Open app and tap your profile picture.
2. Select the Settings gear icon and go to the Notifications section.
3. Adjust the notification settings to silence Outlook notifications.

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