NameSpace.GetDefaultFolder Method (Outlook)

Office 2013 and later

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Returns a Folder object that represents the default folder of the requested type for the current profile; for example, obtains the default Calendar folder for the user who is currently logged on.

expression .GetDefaultFolder(FolderType)

expression A variable that represents a NameSpace object.




Data Type





The type of default folder to return.

Return Value

A Folder object that represents the default folder of the requested type for the current profile.

To return a specific non-default folder, use the Folders collection.

If the default folder of the requested type does not exist, depending on the type, Outlook may create and return the folder, or may raise an error. For example, if olFolderManagedEmail is specified as the FolderType but the Managed Folders group has not been deployed, Microsoft Outlook raises an error.

This Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) example uses the CurrentFolder property to change the displayed folder to the user's default Calendar folder.

Sub ChangeCurrentFolder() 
 Dim myNamespace As Outlook.NameSpace 
 Set myNamespace = Application.GetNamespace("MAPI") 
 Set Application.ActiveExplorer.CurrentFolder = _ 
End Sub

This VBA example returns the first folder in the Tasks Folders collection.

Sub DisplayATaskFolder() 
 Dim myNamespace As Outlook.NameSpace 
 Dim myTasks As Outlook.Folder 
 Dim myFolder As Outlook.Folder 
 Set myNamespace = Application.GetNamespace("MAPI") 
 Set myTasks = myNamespace.GetDefaultFolder(olFolderTasks) 
 Set myFolder = myTasks.Folders(1) 
End Sub