Applies to: Exchange Server 2013, Exchange Online
Topic Last Modified: 2013-02-13
Public folders are designed for shared access and provide an easy and effective way to collect, organize, and share information with other people in your workgroup or organization. Mail-enabling a public folder allows users to post to the public folder by sending an email message to it. When a public folder is mail-enabled additional settings become available for the public folder in the Exchange admin center (EAC), such as email addresses and mail quotas. In the Shell, before a public folder is mail-enabled, you use the Set-PublicFolder cmdlet to manage all of its settings. After the public folder is mail-enabled, you use the Set-PublicFolder and the Set-MailPublicFolder cmdlets to manage the settings.
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.
- 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 mail-enable or mail-disable a public folder
- Navigate to Public folders > Public
- In the list view, select the public folder that you want to
mail-enable or mail-disable.
- In the details pane, under Mail settings, click
Enable or Disable.
- A warning box displays asking if you are sure you want to
enable or disable email for the public folder. Click Yes to
Use the Shell to mail-enable a public folder
This example mail-enables the public folder Help Desk.
Enable-MailPublicFolder -Identity "\Help Desk"
This example mail-enables the public folder Reports under the Marketing public folder, but hides the folder from address lists.
Enable-MailPublicFolder -Identity "\Marketing\Reports" -HiddenFromAddressListsEnabled $True
For detailed syntax and parameter information, see Enable-MailPublicFolder.
Use the Shell to mail-disable a public folder
This example mail-disables the public folder Marketing\Reports.
Disable-MailPublicFolder -Identity "\Marketing\Reports"
For detailed syntax and parameter information, see Disable-MailPublicFolder.