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In Outlook, all of the default folders must be available; therefore, Outlook does not allow you to delete default folders. You can use a Microsoft Exchange utility or the older Microsoft Exchange Client program to delete these folders; however, Outlook recreates these folders when Outlook starts.
As an administrator, if you do not want end users to use one of the Outlook modules, such as the Journal or Tasks folder, you cannot delete the folder to remove this functionality. However, in Outlook 2000 or later, you can create a Component Object Model (COM) add-in that prevents users from switching to the folder. You can implement the FolderSwitch event, and then cancel the event if the user tries to switch to a specific folder.
NOTE: Outlook 97 and Outlook 98 do not support COM add-ins; therefore, you cannot create a custom solution to implement this functionality in Outlook 97 and Outlook 98.
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(https://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=fh;en-us;cntactms)The following Outlook Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) code illustrates how you can prevent users from switching to a folder. Implement this code as an Outlook COM add-in so that the code can be deployed. For additional information about creating a COM add-in, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
291163The following is the Outlook VBA code:
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/291163/EN-US/ )OL2002: How to Create a COM Add-in for Outlook
The user can still move or copy items to the folder, so you may want to implement the ItemAdd event on the folder that you disabled. The ItemAdd event allows you to warn the user and move the items to another folder programmatically.
For additional information about available resources and answersto commonly asked questions about Outlook solutions, click the article numbers below to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/287530/EN-US/ )OL2002: Questions About Custom Forms and Outlook Solutions
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/146636/EN-US/ )OL2000: Questions About Custom Forms and Outlook Solutions
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/182349/EN-US/ )OL98: Questions About Custom Forms and Outlook Solutions
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/170783/EN-US/ )OL97: Questions About Customizing or Programming Outlook
Article ID: 306253 - Last Review: July 8, 2009 - Revision: 5.1