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How can I make Outlook more like Gmail? I would like to 'archive' conversations so they don't appear in my inbox, but I can still search them.

Outlook version? It doesn't have 'help / about' like other programs, but it says 'Version 14' elsewhere.

My email account is on an Microsoft Exchange server

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What version of Outlook? – Dave M May 3 '12 at 15:26
If you don't want items in your Inbox, move them to folders. If you mean that you want them out of your current PST file, that's a completely different discussion, but it's certainly not clear from your question. – user3463 May 3 '12 at 15:26
This solution will require you to run a macro and it will archive all the mails from the inbox:‌​010-move-message-to-folder-after-message/e7f1acac-bb78-4e03-84da-9cab463e64f4 – rishimaharaj May 3 '12 at 15:32
Version 14 is Office 2010. – Indrek May 3 '12 at 15:33

Is Gmail your email server for the account? Gmail supports archiving behavior in Outlook through IMAP. See this article.

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Make a 'quick step' that moves a conversation to a folder called 'archive'.

Massive caveat: one can't undo quick steps, a bug in Outlook.

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The quick step is only half the gmail desire though (from my point of view, CP didn't specifically ask for this..) with Gmail, a new message on a previously archived thread brings the whole thread back to the inbox. Sadly I can't find a way to do this with a second quick step nor an inbox rule as they don't understand the "conversation" server side as Outlook does client side. – Peter Drier Jul 22 '13 at 15:24

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