Ignoring threads

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  • Creator: NeilErdwien
  • Comment: clarification on the three ways to ignore/un-ignore threads
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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, select a message in the thread and either:

  • select Message | Ignore Thread,
  • press the K (for "kill") keyboard shortcut, or
  • right-click on the message and select Ignore Thread or Ignore sub-thread.

Ignored messages aren't deleted, but 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.

To view ignored threads in the thread pane, check View | Threads | Ignored Threads. Messages in an ignored thread are visible and marked with a red icon.

To un-ignore a thread, first make ignored threads visible by View | Threads | Ignored Threads, and then use any of the three methods used to ignore the thread. Specifically:

  • select Message | Ignore Thread,
  • press the K key, or
  • right-click on the message and select Ignore Thread or Ignore sub-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