The problem is in new Gmail GUI, the Archive button float on the mail title so it's very easy to wrong click it, and if I don't notice to click undo, I will waste my time to search how to unarchive my mail, everytime I do it because I can't remember how to unarchive my mail.

So how to get rid of this archive button?

And another question, what is this archive for?

I'm using newest Gmail version/ GUI in Windows 10, browser Chrome.

  • Could you be more specific? I'm a little confused on which UI you are using - is this on a mobile browser? Via the app? Sep 21, 2018 at 15:06
  • @OnenOnlyWalter I'm using Windows 10, not gmail app or in mobile browser. Although using mouse, I sometime click to the Archieve button, and don't notice to click Undo then I "lost" that email. Sep 23, 2018 at 14:30
  • To remove ARCHIVE button: 1) Install Chrome extension "Stylebot". 2) add the following to always run in Gmail: li[data-tooltip="Archive"] { display:none; }. Similarly, to remove the SNOOZE button, add this: li[data-tooltip="Snooze"] { display:none; } Apr 20, 2023 at 12:55

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You can't remove just the archive button (sadly) but you can remove all 3 of the hover buttons via the settings menu

Go Cog=>Settings=>General

Then in the "Hover Actions" section and choose "Disable Hover Actions"

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I'll try and answer the components of your overall question, but there is no easy way to remove the Archive button, here are some suggestions though on how to work around it.

  1. How can you get rid of the Archive button: there is no easy way to do this using any of Gmail's native settings. Also, I would argue that removing the Archive button would just leave the Delete button exposed, which is no better than the current situation.

  2. Gmail's Archive feature allows you to get email out of your inbox without deleting it. In order to see the email you've archived, just click "All Mail" in the left-side menu. enter image description here

More about Gmail's Archive feature here.


As an alternartive you could switch to Google Inbox. It is the new Google email application and it is suppose to replace Gmail any time soon.


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