Ignoring threads

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  • Creator: gpiero
  • Comment: Added how to reach Ignore using right-click button
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A "thread" is a series of related email messages.

Ignoring threads

The Ignore Thread (or Subthread) feature is especially useful for mailing lists. It lets you skip reading the rest of a conversation you're not really interested in following, while still being able to keep up with all the other conversations.

To ignore a thread you select Message | Ignore Thread, or simply use the K (for "kill") keyboard shortcut. That will mark all the messages in the selected conversation as ignored. Alternatively, right-click on the message you wish to ignore, and a drop-down list will appear. Then, you can select Ignore Thread or Ignore sub-thread. However, the message to ignore should be selected before.

The ignored messages aren't deleted, but once you come back to the folder they won't be shown in the thread pane (by default). If there are further replies to the same conversation, these replies won't trigger a new mail notification.

If you decide you do want to see the ignored threads after all, you can go and check View | Threads | Ignore Threads. To un-ignore the thread, select a message and uncheck Message | Ignore Thread

Ignore subthread

Ignore subthread works similarly to the Ignore Thread, but ignores only messages that are replies to the subthread starting from the selected message. This can be used to ignore otherwise interesting conversations that get off topic from a certain response.

See also: Blocking a sender