We’ve all been there: You get caught in an email thread where everyone is hitting the “reply all” button. Even though the email is no longer relevant to you, the replies keep filling up your inbox. Gmail can help you mute these conversations.
Gmail’s mute button is actually an old feature — a really old feature — but it’s one of those under-the-radar ones that many of us completely forgot was there. So when Slate wrote about it this week, we figured it was worth a reminder: If you get caught in one of these endless email threads, just head to More > Mute. It won’t delete the emails from your inbox, but new messages won’t be marked as new.
You can also do this in Outlook for Windows by clicking the “Ignore” button under the Home tab of the ribbon. Want more Gmail tricks? Check out all the clever things you can do with its built-in features.