So you want to hide these annoying folders under Outlook such as “Journal“, “Notes” “RSS Feeds“, “Tasks“.

You have tried everything, clicked right mouse button, tried settings, hit delete… nothing, right?

They are just taking space and attention and are absolutely useless for an email client. Nobody needs them and if you ask around, nobody uses them. So why are they there? Nobody really knows. Probably not even Microsoft.

Here is the solution. With only one simple action, you can make them disappear – it’s like a magic trick!

Just follow these steps precisely and you shall have them removed in no time.

But before you do, imagine these folders as a pencil:

Before you start (update September, 2019)

Make sure you have not selected or marked the “Inbox”, “Sent” or any other important folder before you run the script described below. It seems that many users had so much fun removing the folders, they have accidentally removed important folders and have difficulties unhiding them. It’s recommended that your read the user comments below the article.

Step 1: Preparations

Go to the File at the menu and click at “Options”, then go to “Trust Center”, click “Trust Center Settings”, in there click “Macro Settings” and select “Notification for all macros” like this:

How to remove folders on Outlook

Step 2: Click on the useless Outlook folder

Yes, click the folder you want to make disappear. Let’s start with that folder RSS Feeds. I mean, who uses RSS Feeds nowadays – that was 15 years ago – gosh!

Remove RSS Feed Folder Outlook

Step 3: Writing a script

Now you are going to write a script but don’t worry. I’ll tell you exactly how.

Press ALT+F11.

If a security warning pops up called “Microsoft Outlook Security Notice”, just press “Enable Macros” to continue.

Microsoft Outlook Security Notice

A new windows should open up called “Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications” that should look like this – don’t be scared. That’s your salvation!

Microsoft VBA

All you have to do now is to go to “Microsoft Outlook Objects”, press right mouse button, then go to “Insert” and then “Module”. Here, let me show you:

Microsoft VBA Insert Module

A new window should appear on the left side. Now put this code in there:

Option Explicit
 
Public Sub HideFolders()

Dim oFolder As Outlook.Folder
Dim oPA As Outlook.PropertyAccessor
Dim PropName, Value, FolderType As String

PropName = "http://schemas.microsoft.com/mapi/proptag/0x10F4000B"
Value = True
 
Set oFolder = Application.ActiveExplorer.CurrentFolder
Set oPA = oFolder.PropertyAccessor

oPA.SetProperty PropName, Value
 
Set oFolder = Nothing
Set oPA = Nothing
End Sub

This is how it should look like on your end:

VBA Script Hiding Folders Outlook

Step 4: Run that script!

That’s it! Run the script and the folder will disappear. How to run the script? Easy – see that “Run” feature on the menu… it’s this one here:

How to run VBS Script

Done!

You can repeat this by clicking any other folder, than going back to the “Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications” window and run the script again, until all these useless outlook folders are gone.

How to Unhide a Folder

If you accidentally hid a folder such as Calendar, Inbox or want to unhide any other folder, just change this line:

Set oFolder = Application.ActiveExplorer.CurrentFolder

to this one:

Set oFolder = Session.GetDefaultFolder(olFolderCalendar)

and also change this line

Value = True

to

Value = False

This is how it should look like if you want to unhide the Calendar for example:

Option Explicit
 
Public Sub HideFolders()

Dim oFolder As Outlook.Folder
Dim oPA As Outlook.PropertyAccessor
Dim PropName, Value, FolderType As String

PropName = "http://schemas.microsoft.com/mapi/proptag/0x10F4000B"
Value = False
 
Set oFolder = Session.GetDefaultFolder(olFolderCalendar)
Set oPA = oFolder.PropertyAccessor

oPA.SetProperty PropName, Value
 
Set oFolder = Nothing
Set oPA = Nothing
End Sub

 


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14 comments for “Remove Annoying Folders from Microsoft Outlook

  1. Kyle,
    February 26, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    I love that I could finally remove the unwanted default folders!
    Unfortunately, I ran this one too many times and hid one of my non-default folders and I am unable to unhide it using the above steps. This folder is not a default folder and does have spaces in the folder name. Will I be able to unhide it by tweaking the script further?

    Thanks!

  2. Alan,
    February 27, 2018 at 8:48 pm

    Thank you very much! Those useless Outlook folders make me nuts. I hope this solution lasts!

  3. John,
    April 30, 2018 at 9:12 am

    Brilliant !! If it wasn’t for you I’d be stuck with all these stupid folders i don’t need.
    Microsoft support is useless!

    Thanks to you all.

  4. Julie,
    June 8, 2018 at 7:25 pm

    Worked for me! I was spending so much time trying to maximize my sidebar space, and this helped a lot. Thanks so much.

  5. Bradley R. Turner,
    June 29, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    This was working great for me until I accidentally hid my inbox. I can’t unhide it by the method you describe because it’s not the default inbox in Outook because it’s on a secondary account. I’m desperate to unhide the Inbox and subfolders because they are where I store everything that comes into either of my two accounts. Can you please help me target that folder in that data file in the profile?

  6. Eric,
    September 6, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    Kyle, I have your answer. Just figured it out myself (complete luck)! Bradley maybe this will work for you too.

    replace:
    Set oFolder = Session.GetDefaultFolder(olFolderCalendar)

    with:
    Set oFolder = Session.GetDefaultFolder(olFolderRssFeeds).Parent.Folders(“name of non-default folder”)

    From what I can tell, [.Parent] takes you up to the top account level from whatever default folder you picked (i picked RssFeeds). From there [.folders(“xxx”)] lets you select any non-default folder. I think you could get to sub-folders in the same way, just keep going as follows

    Set oFolder = Session.GetDefaultFolder(olFolderRssFeeds).Parent.Folders(“name of non-default folder”).Folders(“sub folder”).Folders(“sub sub folder”)…etc.

    I was so happy to figure it out I thought I should share.

  7. Bryce,
    September 17, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    Eric,

    Do you think you can elaborate on the sub folders. I have done the same thing as Kyle and Bradley. I have been able to retrieve my Inbox folder, but have not been able to retrieve all of my sub folders within the Inbox Folder.

    For Example:
    I would like to retrieve “thExchange” sub folder, which used to sit as a subfolder to my Inbox Folder.

    I’m definitely in over my head. I hoping I haven’t screwed myself on this one.

    Thanks.

  8. Mandee,
    October 3, 2018 at 8:25 pm

    This completely jacked up my whole outlook. Now it show’s nothing and throws all kinds of errors on startup. I also accidentally deleted my inbox and some other folders. I then in turn deleted all of the new modules I created and am now in a real mess. I have uninstalled and reinstalled and still have nothing :(

  9. Mandee,
    October 4, 2018 at 1:20 am

    My modules are gone, my folders are gone, now what?

  10. AG,
    October 28, 2018 at 7:10 am

    That Joker video clip was totally uncalled for and totally uncool. It’s really not cool to expose people to such visual in such unrelated and surprising way. Sickening, really.

  11. Marilyn,
    November 13, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    I followed your instructions step by step but Step 2: Click on the useless Outlook folder, nothing showed up. I am on Windows 10 office 365

  12. Bryan,
    April 3, 2019 at 8:59 pm

    Wow. This worked perfect in Microsoft 365!!!! – 4.3.19

  13. Mathew,
    August 17, 2019 at 5:19 pm

    Perfect. It worked for me.

  14. Tony,
    August 28, 2019 at 4:45 pm

    Fantastic! I loved your comment about RSS Feeds being 15 years old. LOL Thank you for providing the necessary steps. Very informative!

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