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NameSpace.OpenSharedFolder Method (Outlook)

Opens a shared folder referenced through a URL or file name.

Version Added: Outlook 2007

expression .OpenSharedFolder(Path, Name, DownloadAttachments, UseTTL)

expression An expression that returns a NameSpace object.

Parameters

Name

Required/Optional

Data Type

Description

Path

Required

String

The URL or local file name of the shared folder to be opened.

Name

Optional

Variant

The name of the Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feed or Webcal calendar. This parameter is ignored for other shared folder types.

DownloadAttachments

Optional

Variant

Indicates whether to download enclosures (for RSS feeds) or attachments (for Webcal calendars.) This parameter is ignored for other shared folder types.

UseTTL

Optional

Variant

Indicates whether the Time To Live (TTL) setting in an RSS feed or WebCal calendar should be used. This parameter is ignored for other shared folder types.

Return Value

A Folder object that represents the shared folder.

This method is used to access the following shared folder types:

  • Webcal calendars (webcal://mysite/mycalendar)

  • RSS feeds (feed://mysite/myfeed)

  • Microsoft SharePoint Foundation folders (stssync://mysite/myfolder)

  • iCalendar calendar (.ics) files

  • vCard contact (.vcf) files

  • Outlook message (.msg) files

Note Note

This method does not support iCalendar appointment (.ics) files. To open iCalendar appointment files, you can use the OpenSharedItem method of the NameSpace object.

You can use the GetSharedDefaultFolder method of the Namespace object to share default folders, such as the Inbox folder, in Exchange.

The following Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) example opens and displays a Webcal calendar.

Public Sub OpenSharedHolidayCalendar() 
 
 
 
 Dim oNamespace As NameSpace 
 
 Dim oFolder As Folder 
 
 
 
 On Error GoTo ErrRoutine 
 
 
 
 Set oNamespace = Application.GetNamespace("MAPI") 
 
 Set oFolder = oNamespace.OpenSharedFolder( _ 
 
 "webcal://icalx.com/public/icalshare/US32Holidays.ics") 
 
 oFolder.Display 
 
 
 
EndRoutine: 
 
 On Error GoTo 0 
 
 Set oFolder = Nothing 
 
 Set oNamespace = Nothing 
 
Exit Sub 
 
 
 
ErrRoutine: 
 
 MsgBox Err.Description, vbOKOnly, Err.Number & " - " & Err.Source 
 
 GoTo EndRoutine 
 
End Sub
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