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Outlook 2019 - Remove Archive Button / Menu

Posted: Fri Mar 06, 2020 4:51 am
by atom0s
I am a Microsoft Outlook (and office in general) user and decided to upgrade to 2019 recently. (Because 365 is hot garbage and 2013 has a lot of little bugs that I was tired of dealing with.) Sadly, once again Microsoft added a feature to something that no one asked for with no direct option to remove/disable said feature. In this case, it was the ability to 'archive' emails. Rather than add this option to a new menu or place it in a location that made sense, they instead put this new icon where the 'Delete' icon and menu options were from the previous versions (2013, 2016, etc.) This has led many to accidentally click archive instead of delete.

With the below two registry edits, this will fully remove the Archive button and menu option altogether.
Tested and working with 2019. But I feel this should probably work for the other editions that include the Archive feature.

Open regedit and navigate to:

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HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\16.0\Outlook\Options
On the right-pane, right-click and add a new 'DWORD' value.
For the name, enter: DisableOneClickArchive
For the value, enter: 1

Open regedit and navigate to:

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HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\16.0\Outlook\Options\General
On the right-pane, right-click and add a new 'DWORD' value.
For the name, enter: IgnoreArchiveSpecialFolders
For the value, enter: 1

Once done, restart Outlook and the Archive button/menu option should be gone.