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?
- Estimated time to complete: 5 minutes.
- You need to be assigned permissions before you can perform this
procedure or procedures. To see what permissions you need, see the
"Public folders" entry in the Sharing and
Collaboration Permissions topic.
- You can’t delete a mail-enabled public folder. Before you can
delete it, you must first disable email for the public folder. For
more information, see Mail-Enable or
Mail-Disable a Public Folder.
- For information about keyboard shortcuts that may apply to the
procedures in this topic, see Keyboard Shortcuts in
the Exchange Admin Center.
What do you want to do?
Use the EAC to remove a public folder
- Navigate to Public folders > Public
- In the list view, select the public folder you want to delete,
and then click Delete .
- 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.
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.