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Applies to: Exchange Online, Exchange Server 2016

This cmdlet is available in on-premises Exchange Server 2016 and in the cloud-based service. Some parameters and settings may be exclusive to one environment or the other.

Use the Remove-PublicFolder cmdlet to remove an existing public folder.

The Remove-PublicFolder cmdlet removes the public folder data from all servers in your organization.

For information about the parameter sets in the Syntax section below, see Syntax.

Remove-PublicFolder -Identity <PublicFolderIdParameter> [-Confirm [<SwitchParameter>]] [-DomainController <Fqdn>] [-Recurse <SwitchParameter>] [-WhatIf [<SwitchParameter>]]

This example deletes the public folder My Public Folder from the \Test\Directory tree.

Remove-PublicFolder -Identity "\Test\Directory\My Public Folder"

This example deletes the public folder Directory Folder and all its child public folders by using the Recurse switch.

Remove-PublicFolder -Identity "\Test\Directory Folder" -Recurse

You need to be assigned permissions before you can run this cmdlet. Although all parameters for this cmdlet are listed in this topic, you may not have access to some parameters if they're not included in the permissions assigned to you. To see what permissions you need, see the "Public folders" entry in the Sharing and collaboration permissions topic.


Parameter Required Type Description




The Identity parameter specifies the GUID or public folder name that represents a specific public folder. You can also include the path using the format \TopLevelPublicFolder\PublicFolder.

You can omit the parameter label so that only the public folder name or GUID is supplied.




The Confirm switch specifies whether to show or hide the confirmation prompt. How this switch affects the cmdlet depends on if the cmdlet requires confirmation before proceeding.

  • Destructive cmdlets (for example, Remove-* cmdlets) have a built-in pause that forces you to acknowledge the command before proceeding. For these cmdlets, you can skip the confirmation prompt by using this exact syntax: -Confirm:$false.

  • Most other cmdlets (for example, New-* and Set-* cmdlets) don't have a built-in pause. For these cmdlets, specifying the Confirm switch without a value introduces a pause that forces you acknowledge the command before proceeding.




This parameter is available only in on-premises Exchange 2016.

The DomainController parameter specifies the domain controller that's used by this cmdlet to read data from or write data to Active Directory. You identify the domain controller by its fully qualified domain name (FQDN). For example, dc01.contoso.com.




The Recurse switch specifies whether all subfolders of the specified folder should be removed. If the Recurse switch isn't specified and the public folder has subfolders, the command doesn't run and an error message is returned.




The WhatIf switch simulates the actions of the command. You can use this switch to view the changes that would occur without actually applying those changes. You don't need to specify a value with this switch.

To see the input types that this cmdlet accepts, see Cmdlet Input and Output Types. If the Input Type field for a cmdlet is blank, the cmdlet doesn’t accept input data.

To see the return types, which are also known as output types, that this cmdlet accepts, see Cmdlet Input and Output Types. If the Output Type field is blank, the cmdlet doesn’t return data.

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