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How to delete multiple folders/subfolders in bulk in Outlook?

Author: Kelly Last Modified: 2020-05-29

As you know, you can select and delete one folder on the Navigation pane at a time in Outlook, and it seems impossible to select multiple folders in bulk. However, it will be too tedious to delete multiple folders one by one from the Navigation Pane. This article will introduce a solution to quickly delete multiple folders in bulk from Outlook.

Delete all subfolders of the specified folder with VBA in Outlook

This method will introduce a VBA to delete all subfolder of a certain folder in bulk in Outlook. Please do as follows:

1. In the mail view, select the specified folder whose all subfolders you will remove.

2. Press Alt + F11 keys together to open the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

3. Click Insert > Module, and then paste below VBA code into the new module window.

Sub Delete_All_SubFolders()
Dim oCurrFolder As Folder
Dim oSubFolders As Folders
Dim i As Long

On Error Resume Next

Set oCurrFolder = Outlook.Application.ActiveExplorer.CurrentFolder
Set oSubFolders = oCurrFolder.Folders

For i = oSubFolders.Count To 1 Step -1
End Sub

4. Press F5 key to run this VBA. And now you will see all subfolders under the selected folder are remove in bulk as soon as possible. See screenshot:

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Delete multiple folders in bulk in Outlook

Please follow below steps to delete multiple folders in bulk from Microsoft Outlook.

1. Right click the email account whose folders you will delete in bulk, select New Folder from the context menu, and then name the new folder as Temp. See screenshot below:

2. Now drag one of the folders you will delete to the new Temp folder, drop it until the new Temp folder is highlighted. See screenshot:

3. Now a Microsoft Outlook dialog box will pop out and ask for your confirmation about moving the selected folder. Please click the Yes button. See screenshot above.

4. Repeat above Step 2-3 until all folders you will delete are moved to the new Temp folder.

5. Right click the new Temp folder, and select Delete Folder from the context menu. See screenshot below:

6. In the warning Microsoft Outlook dialog box, please click the Yes button. See screenshot above.

So far all folders you need to delete have been removed in bulk.

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One thing I didn't add from above is that my active Inbox (the one that actually harvests the new mail messages )now in Outlook is the Inbox that is in my set of GMail folders. Yes, I now have 2 Inboxes, along with the other duplicates. If I were to delete that whole set of folders that includes my GMail inbox, I wouldn't see any new emails coming into Outlook. Therefore, I'm leaving things as they are, at least for now.
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yes, that's correct. I'm seeing a duplicate set of folders now(below the original set) in Outlook that are my GMail folders. They weren't there before I installed this new Office version. I was using Outlook 2016 desktop client ver. previously. Now, for instance, if I delete an email in Outlook, I see a small "synchronizing trash" window at the bottom of Outlook where it indicates that it's duplicating that deletion in GMail. I didn't have this before. As stated above, I can live with it, but it's just a bit different now.
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I recently downloaded the new Office Pro 2021 for Windows which includes Outlook. I was using the 2016 version until now. The new installation went fine, but now I seem to have all of my Gmail folders appearing in Outlook also; they're below the original folders that I had before the conversion to the new Office. Any new emails that I get now come into the "Gmail" inbox instead of my original Inbox, which is still there. If I delete the Gmail folder and its subfolders I don't think my new emails will appear. I thought it might have been because IMAP was enabled in my Gmail settings. I disabled IMAP (to use only POP3), but the new emails still come into that Gmail inbox. Is there a way to fix this? If not, I can live with least Outlook is harvesting the mail from my Gmail account. Thanks in advance.
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Hi there, did you mean that you log in the same gmail account both in Outlook and Gmail?
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Thank you! This works!
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This adds a step to an already arduous job. Is this a joke?
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The VBA method to delete all subfolders works, thank you.
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This is nonsense. I somehow have approx 300 trash subfolders, 300 note subfolders etc. Why can't I shift scroll to delete all?
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This is a terrible solution! You still have to handle each folder individually! If you have hundreds of folders to delete, how is this any better than going one-by-one and deleting them? Using this "system", you have to go one-by-one and add them to a folder, then delete THAT folder. No better!
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