Applies to: Exchange Server 2013, Exchange Online

Topic Last Modified: 2013-02-13

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 Exchange Online.

What do you need to know before you begin?

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

What do you want to do?

Use the EAC to remove a public folder

  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.

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

Use the Shell to delete a public folder

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

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

This example tests the previous command without making any modifications.

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

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

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

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