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Folder.GetTable Method

Office 2007
Obtains a Table object that contains items filtered by Filter.

Version Information
 Version Added:  Outlook 2007


expression.GetTable(Filter, TableContents)

expression   A variable that represents a Folder object.


NameRequired/OptionalData TypeDescription
FilterOptionalStringA filter in Microsft Jet or DAV Searching and Locating (DASL) syntax that specifies the criteria for items in the parent Folder.
TableContentsOptionalOlTableContentsSpecifies the type of items in the folder that GetTable returns. The default is olUserItems.

Return Value
A Table that contains items in the parent Folder that meet the criteria in

Filter. By default, TableContents is olUserItems and the returned Table contains only the filtered items that are not hidden.



Filter is a blank string or the Filter parameter is omitted, GetTable returns a Table with rows representing all the items in the Folder. If Filter is a blank string or the Filter parameter is omitted and TableContents is olHiddenItems, GetTable returns a Table with rows representing all the hidden items in the Folder.

For more information on filters, see Filtering Items.

GetTable returns a Table with the default column set for the folder type of the parent Folder. To modify the default column set, use the Add, Remove, or RemoveAll methods of the Columns collection object. When

TableContents is olHiddenItems, the default column set is always the default column set for a mail folder even though the parent Folder might be, for example, a Contacts folder. For more information on default column sets, see Default Properties Displayed in a Table Object.

You can use Table.Restrict to apply subsequent filters to a Table that is based on the Folder object.


The following code sample illustrates how to use Folder.GetTable to obtain a Table object based on the LastModificationTime of items in the Inbox. It then enumerates and prints the values of a couple of default properties of these items.

Visual Basic for Applications
Sub DemoTable()
    Dim Filter As String
    Dim oRow As Outlook.Row
    Dim oTable As Outlook.Table
    Dim oFolder As Outlook.Folder

    'Get a Folder object for the Inbox
    Set oFolder = Application.Session.GetDefaultFolder(olFolderInbox)

    'Define Filter to obtain items last modified after May 1, 2005
    Filter = "[LastModificationTime] > '5/1/2005'"
    'Restrict with Filter
    Set oTable = oFolder.GetTable(Filter)

    'Enumerate the table using test for EndOfTable
    Do Until (oTable.EndOfTable)
        Set oRow = oTable.GetNextRow()
        Debug.Print (oRow("Subject"))
        Debug.Print (oRow("LastModificationTime"))
End Sub