Be Careful with Ignore feature in Outlook 2010

Microsoft Office Outlook 2010 has another feature which is nice but it can be pretty dangerous. The option is called as Ignore. This when applied on a particular mail conversation will automatically start moving it to deleted folder.

One the first guess, I thought this to be an equivalent button for Mute Feature of Gmail but when I hovered my mouse it turned out to be trashing of the complete conversation.

Mute feature of Gmail just keeps me off the conversation unless somebody replies to me. So you can be both off the conversation and in when required. Though the Ignore button in Outlook 2010 is useful in case where it becomes a chain of converstions but not so useful when I want to just optin or optout.

I wish if this feature can be update to work like Gmail Mute, it would be awesome. So if you are using the ignore button, just be careful on what you are doing.


  1. Hey ashish, nice post.

    However I have noticed ignore command in outlook 2007 . I can ignore any meeting invitations if I want to.

  2. I’m definitely having trouble with this feature. I accidentally hit control-delete on a message, which is apparently the shortcut for ignoring a thread. As you note, it puts all future related items directly into the deleted items folder.

    Problem is, I’ve told it repeatedly to stop ignoring the thread, but new items keep going into the trash.

    Even worse, the deleted items are NOT actually a proper thread. The deleted message was a security alert, and Outlook has decided that all messages with the same subject line are part of the thread, so it’s basically trashing all of my alerts right now. Really frustrating!

  3. I inadvertently hit ignore on an email from a person I need to see future emails on. Any assistance for undoing this?


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