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How to find folder by name in Outlook?

For example, you have created many email folders in Outlook, when a specified personal folder need to be opened, you have to expand multiple folders until that specified folder shows up. It is troublesome to expand multiple folders one by one just for opening a specified personal folder. Actually, if you remember the folder name, all things will become easily. In this tutorial, we will provide you with a method of finding folder by its name in Outlook instead of expanding folders one by one to find the folder.

Find folder by name in Outlook with VBA code

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With following VBA code, you can easily find a specified folder by its name.

Note: You need to remember the folder name in order to use this VBA code.

1. Press the Alt + F11 keys on the keyboard to open the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

2. Then double click the Project1 > Microsoft Outlook Object > ThisOutlookSession to open the Project1 – ThisOutlookSession window. See screenshot:

3. Copy and paste the following VBA code into the Project1 – ThisOutlookSession window.

VBA: find folder by name

Sub FindFolderByName()
    Dim Name As String
    Dim FoundFolder As Folder
    Name = InputBox("Find Name:", "Search Folder")
    If Len(Trim$(Name)) = 0 Then Exit Sub
    Set FoundFouder = FindInFolders(Application.Session.Folders, Name)
  If Not FoundFouder Is Nothing Then
    If MsgBox("Activate Folder: " & vbCrLf & FoundFouder.FolderPath, vbQuestion Or vbYesNo) = vbYes Then
      Set Application.ActiveExplorer.CurrentFolder = FoundFouder
    End If
    MsgBox "Not Found", vbInformation
  End If
End Sub
Function FindInFolders(TheFolders As Outlook.Folders, Name As String)
  Dim SubFolder As Outlook.MAPIFolder
  On Error Resume Next
  Set FindInFolders = Nothing
  For Each SubFolder In TheFolders
    If LCase(SubFolder.Name) Like LCase(Name) Then
      Set FindInFolders = SubFolder
      Exit For
      Set FindInFolders = FindInFolders(SubFolder.Folders, Name)
      If Not FindInFolders Is Nothing Then Exit For
    End If
End Function 

4. Then press F5 key on the keyboard to run the VBA code.

5. In the Macros dialog box, click the Run button.

6. In the popping up Search Folder dialog box, please type the folder name in the text box, then click the OK button. See screenshot:

7. Then a Microsoft Outlook dialog box pops up, it shows the path of your desired folder, and then click the Yes button.

8. Then the specified email folder will be opened immediately.

Note: This VBA code can be applied to Outlook 2007, 2010 and 2013.

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If you are not good at VBA, you can try Kutools for Outlook's Go To utility, which can find and search folder with name or specific character, then directly go to the folder

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1. Click Kutools Plus > Go To.
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2. In the Go To dialog, type the folder name or specific characters in the search bar, then the relative folders are list.
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3. Double click at the folder name you want to go to and open, then the folder is open.
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    Rohit · 1 years ago
    It looks great but I'm looking more folder with similar name....
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    John · 1 years ago
    I am currently working with Outlook 2013, and while this tool is wonderfully helpful, I'm in the same boat as Matt and Richard. I would like to be able to somehow go through multiple folders with the same name. I would also like to be able to do this: if I have multiple folders with dates, 2012,2013,2014 for example, I would like to be able to put in 20* or 20?? and then be prompted to view any of the aforementioned folders, instead of just defaulting to the first one it finds.
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    Rafi Schwarts · 1 years ago
    The line "Function FindInFolders(TheFolders As Outlook.Folders, Name As String)" is throwing a compile error message - User-defined type not defined
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    Rafi Schwarts · 1 years ago
    the line "Function FindInFolders(TheFolders As Outlook.Folders, Name As String)" is throwing a Compile error message: [b][u]User-defined type not defined[/u][/b]
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    Richard · 2 years ago
    Just like Matt wrote, I was also looking for this. The way the code operates is that it will open the first folder it finds with the name to search for. Is it possible to adjust the code so it will find multiple instances?