Exchange Online users can't browse groups in Outlook Web App


Exchange Online users cannot browse groups in Microsoft Outlook Web App. When a user expands Groups in the navigation pane in Outlook Web App, the Browse groups option is missing.


This problem occurs if you set up custom address book policies (ABPs) in Exchange Online, and the ABP to which the user or users is assigned doesn't contain the "All Groups" address list.


To resolve this problem, add the All Groups address list to the ABP that's assigned to the user. After you do this, wait approximately one hour for the changes to replicate. Then, have users access Outlook Web App again.

You can use the Set-AddressBookPolicy cmdlet to change the settings of an ABP. The following are examples of how to do this.
  • The following command adds the All Groups address list to an ABP that's named "Staff":
    Set-addressbookpolicy staff.abp -addresslists “All Groups”,”\Mailbox of students”,”\All Distribution Lists”,"\All Staff 
  • The following command address the All Groups address list to an ABP that's named "Students":
    Set-addressbookpolicy students.abp -addresslists “All Groups”, ”\Mailbox of students” 
Note If the administrator isn't assigned the Address Lists role, the Set-AddressBookPolicy cmdlet is not available. To create a role assignment, use a command such as the following:
New-rolegroup -name ContosoChangeAddressLists -roles “Address Lists” -members 


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Article ID: 3059279 - Last Review: 21 Dec 2016 - Revision: 1