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How to remove or delete subject prefixes in Outlook?

Author: Sun Last Modified: 2020-10-29

While you are replying or forwarding a letter, there are prefixes such as Re or FW in the front of the Subject as below screenshot shown in default. But sometimes, you want to remove these prefixes away, how can you solve it in Outlook?
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Remove subject prefixes with VBA

Batch remove subject prefixes of sent emails with Kutools for Outlook

Remove subject prefixes with VBA

To remove subject prefixes away, you just can handle it manually except running a VBA code in Outlook.

1. Press Alt + F11 keys to enable the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

2. In the popping dialog, double click at the ThisOutlookSession in Project-Project1 pane and copy and paste below code into the blank script.

VBA:Remove subject prefixes

Sub Application_ItemSend(ByVal Item As Object, Cancel As Boolean)
    RemoveREOrFW Item, "RE"
    RemoveREOrFW Item, "FW"
End Sub
Function RemoveREOrFW(Item As Object, Str As String)
Dim xSubject As String
If InStr(Item.Subject, Str) > 0 Then
    xSubject = Replace(Item.Subject, Str & ":", "", vbTextCompare)
    Item.Subject = Trim(xSubject)
End If
End Function

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3. Save the code and go back to reply or forward an email, the prefixes are still in the subject, but it will be removed after sending the email.

Batch remove subject prefixes of sent emails with Kutools for Outlook

If you want to remove the subject prefix of sent emails, you can try the Remove Subject Prefix feature of Kutools for Excel.

Kutools for Outlook, includes powerful features and tools for Microsoft Outlook 2019, 2016, 2013, 2010 and Office 365.

Free install Kutools for Outlook, and then do as below steps:

1. Select the emails that you want to remove subject prefix and click Kutools > Remove Subject Prefix.
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2. Then in the Remove Subject Prefix dialog, check Selected Messages option, then in Rules for removing section, specify the prefix type you want to remove.
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3. Click Ok. Now the subject prefixes of the selected emails have been removed.
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If you want to remove the subject prefix of all emails in a forlder, in the Remove Subject Prefix dialog, check Folders > Configure to open the Select Folder dialog, choose a folder or folders, then click Ok > Ok, the subject prefixes of all emails in the specified folder(s) have been removed.
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