Add an option to remove the Archive button
Some people never Archive and it would be nice to have the option to remove the Archive button from the mail home ribbon. While it can be removed, it is attached to the Delete button so you must remove both. Want the ability to just remove the Archive button. Also addition of Do not archive check box to all emails will be beneficial.
We also got feedback that the Archive button is too close to the Delete button.
Michael Costello commented
Sick and tired of accidentally archiving emails I want deleted. Either move the button or give us the option to move or removbe it.
Mark Jones commented
If you're able to access the Windows Registry (regedt32.exe from the start bar search box) the steps described here remove both the ribbon Archive button and the right-click context archive menu button. I'm using Office 365 on Win10.
If the link isn't allowed Google for the following exact search string: (the 0 is a zero, not a letter 'O')
site:atom0s +"remove archive button"
May help someone out there but here's a way to disable it in 2019. May work in 2016 as well: https://atom0s.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=247
I found a work around. Under Customize Ribbon, create a new 'Delete' Group, only adding the options that you want. Then remove the original 'Delete' group, and move the new 'Delete' group into the spot where the old one was.
Mark W commented
If Microsoft continues to ignore paying customers and does not REMOVE the Archive button and context menu entry, or at least give us the ability to do so and SOON, I will move to Linux and LibreOffice!
I just migrated from Windows 7 to Windows 10, and I refuse to call it an upgrade, and I cannot for the life of me figure out why the idiots responsible for the recoding decided it was a good idea to create overlap and confusion by creating a new Settings panel with overlapping some functions already in place in the Control Panel. Pure stupidity, but completely on par with Microsoft!
David G commented
I found a way to remove the Archive button from the Ribbon in Outlook 2019 - not sure if it works in 2016 ...
1) Right click on the ribbon and choose "Customize the ribbon ..."
2) Click on the "Delete" group in the list under Home (Mail) on the right side.
3) Click on the "Remove" button to remove that group.
4) Click on the "New Group" button below the list.
5) Name the new group "Delete" and move it up to where you want it to be in the list (use the up/down arrows on the right side).
6) On the left side, for "Choose Commands from ...)" and set it to All Commands.
7) Scroll down to find the Delete command (not the group!) and click on it.
8) Make sure your new Delete group is highlighted and click on the "Add > >" button.
9) You can also choose the old delete icon (the X) from the list of icons to use for this button.
10) Click on the "OK" button at the bottom and now the Delete button is back in the ribbon and the Archive button is gone!
I hope this helps!
Ann Weber commented
Not only do I want to get rid of Archive on the main ribbon (I created a custom group to do that) I also want to be able to get rid of it on the Email message ribbon too. Or at least disable it. I keep accidentally archiving things and I don't want to do that.
Martin Banks commented
Why on earth, in 2016, would such a poor ability to customize exist?
Microsoft wonder why they have such a poor reputation, but continue to do illogical things like this.
Allow it to be removed! Simple as that.
Put it there as standard, not a problem. But understand that we live in an age where certain sections of your customer base want the ability to be individual and let them customize to their preferences.
As a programmer, I can think of ZERO reasons why a button would need to be mandatory.
Danny Passey commented
Same issue with the Mail program (in Windows 10). Please provide option to disable the archiving function.
Agreed with the previous posts - do not put Archive next to Delete, or at least allow users to remove/hide it from the ribbon.
Nilesh Patel commented
Silly place to put an ARCHIVE button next to the Delete button. How many people have pressed ARCHIVE by mistake ??? Lots and Lots I think !
Having just moved to Outlook 365 I have to agree that having the archive button on the bottom of the right click menu where the delete option used to be is a bad idea.
Please move it or at least give an option to remove it from the list.
Not sure if people here have seen it, but you can now "grey out" the archive button in Office 2016 so it it not clickable. Definitely helps with the click by mistake issues.
Use the following policy option: Microsoft Outlook 2016/Disable Items in User Interface/Custom
Enter a command bar ID to disable
Anita Evans commented
I work at a corporate that regularly uses folders to store emails that reside outside Outlook so this is just in the way of what corporate clients do with email. Not the one person in the office who refuses to listen to how to manage email.
I fully agree with this suggestion. The usability has taken an immediate dive for me with that Archive at the bottom on the right-click. This is a terrible idea, a terrible placement, and needs to be fixed immediately.
This Archive button needs to GO!
Why would you not at least let users set the destination folder as being in an ACTUAL pst archive?
This button makes it SO confusing for our users as it is not truly archiving their messages - just moving them into a folder named "Archive", then i have to explain to them that their true archive is the pst file below.
SO frustrating how little thought was put into this button/feature.
Please add a way to remove the Archive folder as well. I never use it and don't want to see the button or folder.
disable archive! I hate it.
yes please remove archive button! it is driving me nuts
Iain McDonald commented
Most organisations do archvinig on a corporate basis. This button encourages users to archive manually which can interfere significantly in the management of data by our organisation which reduces the effectiveness of the corporate archving scheme.