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How to display a “Browse for Folder“ dialog for choosing a folder in Outlook?

For a large number of folders in your outlook, it will be convenient for you to choose a specified folder from a “Browse for Folder” dialog box instead of browsing the folder structure for finding it. This article will show you method of displaying a “Browse for Folder” dialog for choosing a folder in Outlook.

Display a “Browse for Folder” dialog for choosing a folder with VBA

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Display a “Browse for Folder” dialog for choosing a folder with VBA<>

Please do as follows to display a “Browse for Folder” dialog for choosing a folder with VBA code.

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

2. In the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window, click Insert > Module. Then copy below VBA code into the Module window.

VBA code: Display a “Browse for Folder” dialog for choosing a folder

Sub PickFolder()
'Update by Extendoffice 20180504
Dim xNameSpace As NameSpace
Dim xPickFolder As Folder
Dim xExplorer As Explorer
On Error Resume Next
Set xNameSpace = Outlook.Application.Session
Set xPickFolder = xNameSpace.PickFolder
If TypeName(xPickFolder) = "Nothing" Then Exit Sub
Set xExplorer = Outlook.Application.ActiveExplorer
xExplorer.Close
xPickFolder.Display
Outlook.Application.ActiveExplorer.WindowState = olMaximized
Set xPickFolder = Nothing
Set xNameSpace = Nothing
End Sub

3. Press the Alt + Q keys to exit the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications window.

4. Click the Customize Quick Access Toolbar button and then click More Commands from the drop-down menu. See screenshot:

5. In the Outlook Options dialog box, you need to:

5.1 Select Macros from the Choose commands from drop-down list;

5.2 Select the macro name Project1.FolderPick from the commands box;

5.3 Click the Add button;

5.4 Keep selecting the FolderPick in the right Customize Quick Access Toolbar box, and then click the Modify button;

5.5 Select a modify button for the macro and then click the OK button;

5.6 Click the OK button to close the Outlook Options dialog box. See screenshot:

6. Then you can see a folder button showing on the Quick Access Toolbar. Click on the button to display the “Select Folder” dialog, select a folder and click the OK button. See screenshot:

Then the selected folder will be opened in Outlook immediately.


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