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

Author: Siluvia Last Modified: 2020-12-15

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
Easily display a “Browse for Folder” dialog for choosing a folder with an amazing tool


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.


Easily display a “Browse for Folder” dialog for choosing a folder with an amazing tool

The above method seems not easy to handle. Here recommend the Go To folder feature of Kutools for Outlook. With this feature, you can open a dialog box containing all folders or specific kind of folders in Outlook, and the shift to a folder easily.

1. After installing Kutools for Outlook, click Kutools Plus > Go To to enable the feature.

2. In the opening Go To dialog box, please configure as follows.

2.1) By default, all folder types are selected, and you can select a specific types of folder to list this kind of folders only as you need;
2.2) You can quickly search a folder by entering the folder name into the Search box;
2.3) Double click the folder in the folder list will go to the folder directly and close the dialog.
Or you can select the folder and then click the OK button to open the folder and close the dialog.

  If you want to have a free trial (30-day) of this utility, please click to download it, and then go to apply the operation according above steps.


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