Remove a public folder


Applies to: Exchange Online, Exchange Server 2013

Topic Last Modified: 2016-11-16

You may need to remove public folders that are no longer being used in your organization. To help determine which public folders should be removed, see View statistics for public folders and public folder items.

For additional management tasks related to managing public folders, see Public folder procedures.

For additional management tasks related to public folders, see Public folder procedures in Office 365 and Exchange Online.

Having problems? Ask for help in the Exchange forums. Visit the forums at Exchange Server, Exchange Online, or Exchange Online Protection.

  1. Navigate to Public folders > Public folders.

  2. In the list view, select the public folder you want to delete, and then click Delete Delete icon. Clicking on the folder name will display sub-folders within that folder, if there are any. At that point you can click to select a specific sub-folder to remove.

    Selecting a public folder to remove
  3. A warning box displays asking if you’re sure you want to delete the public folder. Click Yes to continue.

This example deletes the public folder Help Desk\Resolved. This command assumes that the Resolved public folder doesn’t have any subfolders.

Remove-PublicFolder -Identity "\Help Desk\Resolved"

This example tests the previous command without making any modifications.

Remove-PublicFolder -Identity "\HelpDesk\Resolved" -WhatIf

This example removes the public folder Marketing and all its subfolders because the command runs recursively.

Remove-PublicFolder -Identity "\Marketing" -Recurse:$True

For detailed syntax and parameter information, see Remove-PublicFolder.