Hiding Default Items in Outlook

Do you wish Outlook would let you get rid of their annoying folders for features that you don’t use? I don’t use their Archive, Clutter, Conversation History, Junk Email, or RSS Feeds, but from the Outlook UI you can’t delete those folders like you can other folders. Give us a hide option at least! Well, after years of just living with it, I found MFCMAPI:


To Hide a Folder:

  1. Download, install, and run MFCMAPI.
  2. Double click the mailbox name (it likely has your email in the “Display Name” column.
  3. In the resulting popup window, expand IPM_SUBTREE and select the folder you want to hide.
  4. Select the “Property > Advanced > Edit given property…” menu item.
  5. In the Property Tag field, enter 0x10F4000B. This should cause the “Property Name” field to change to PR_ATTR_HIDDEN.
  6. Click OK
  7. In the subsequent popup , check the “Boolean” checkbox.
  8. Click OK, and the he folder should immediately disappear in Outlook.

As usual, TRY THE ABOVE AT YOUR OWN RISK AS IT CAN REALLY MESS THINGS UP IF YOU MAKE A MISTAKE. Having said that, it seems to work just fine for me. 🙂

This doesn’t work for everything unfortunately, I still have yet to get rid of “Search Folders” and “Groups” which I’ve never once used. 🙁