Last reviewed on March 15, 2015   —  5 Comments

Use this VBA macro to get a list of the folder names in your data file, printing it to the Immediate window and inserting it into a new message form.

If you want the full path within the data file, use this line:

strFolders = strFolders & vbCrLf & olTempFolderPath

If you want just the folder names, use

strFolders = strFolders & vbCrLf & olTempFolder

print a folder list in OutlookThe folder list will be in the following format.

While I don't have subfolders in the data file I printed out, the printout will include any subfolders and list the full path.

Updated March 14 2015 to include the item count after the folder name, like this:
\\Account Manager\Inbox\Completed 95.

Macro to print a list of folders in an Outlook data file

To use, open the VB Editor by pressing Alt+F11. Right-click on Project1 and Insert > Module. Paste the following code into the module then run the macro. The folder picker dialog will come up for you to pick the data file (or subfolder) to use as the top level folder for the printout.

Public strFolders As String
Public Sub GetFolderNames()
    Dim olApp As Outlook.Application
    Dim olSession As Outlook.NameSpace
    Dim olStartFolder As Outlook.MAPIFolder
    Dim lCountOfFound As Long
    lCountOfFound = 0
    Set olApp = New Outlook.Application
    Set olSession = olApp.GetNamespace("MAPI")
     ' Allow the user to pick the folder in which to start the search.
    Set olStartFolder = olSession.PickFolder
     ' Check to make sure user didn't cancel PickFolder dialog.
    If Not (olStartFolder Is Nothing) Then
         ' Start the search process.
        ProcessFolder olStartFolder
    End If
' Create a new mail message with the folder list inserted
Set ListFolders = Application.CreateItem(olMailItem)
  ListFolders.Body = strFolders
' clear the string so you can run it on another folder
  strFolders = ""
End Sub
Sub ProcessFolder(CurrentFolder As Outlook.MAPIFolder)
    Dim i As Long
    Dim olNewFolder As Outlook.MAPIFolder
    Dim olTempFolder As Outlook.MAPIFolder
    Dim olTempFolderPath As String
     ' Loop through the items in the current folder.
    For i = CurrentFolder.Folders.Count To 1 Step -1
        Set olTempFolder = CurrentFolder.Folders(i)
        olTempFolderPath = olTempFolder.FolderPath

     ' Get the count of items in the folder
         olCount = olTempFolder.Items.Count

     'prints the folder path and name in the VB Editor's Immediate window
         Debug.Print olTempFolderPath & " " & olCount
        ' prints the folder name only
         ' Debug.Print olTempFolder
         ' create a string with the folder names.
         ' use olTempFolder if you want foldernames only
         strFolders = strFolders & vbCrLf & olTempFolderPath & " " & olCount
        lCountOfFound = lCountOfFound + 1
     ' Loop through and search each subfolder of the current folder.
    For Each olNewFolder In CurrentFolder.Folders
         'Don't need to process the Deleted Items folder
        If olNewFolder.Name <> "Deleted Items" Then
            ProcessFolder olNewFolder
        End If
End Sub


  1. Alex says

    Hello Diane,

    Thank you for the code, it was veeeery helpful, You saved my life ;)
    Have a wonderful day!

    Best regards,

  2. Nick Alzen says

    Hello Diane,

    I want to use the above code to also use the myitem.senton in this case, shouldn't it be oltempfolder.senton? But it says that it doesn't support this method?

    • Diane Poremsky says

      it only prints a list of the folders, not the items in the folders, so there is no senton field or value.

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