Access a public folder

Public folders are a feature of Microsoft Exchange Server that let people in an organization share messages, calendars, and address books. After you subscribe to a public folder, the folder appears in the navigation pane and you can access its contents.

Do any of the following:

Subscribe to an Exchange public folder

Note: Before you can subscribe to a public folder, you must add your Microsoft Exchange account to Outlook. For more information, see Add an Exchange account.

  1. On the Tools menu, click Public Folders.

  2. In the left pane, under Public Folders, click the Exchange account that you want.

    A list of public folders appears. Mail folders are represented by the Public mail folder icon icon, calendars show the Public calendar folder icon icon, and address books show the Public address book icon icon. Folders to which you are already subscribed are displayed in bold.

  3. Click the folder that you want to subscribe to, and then click Subscribe  Add button .

    The subscribed folder appears in the navigation pane under Subscribed Public Folders.

  4. To view the contents of the folder, click the folder in the navigation pane. Messages or contacts in the folder appear in the item list. Or, if the folder is a calendar folder, events appear on the calendar.

Send a message to a public mail folder

If a public mail folder has been assigned an e-mail address by the folder's administrator (a folder setting called "mail enabled"), you can send a message directly to the public folder. You may be able to find the e-mail address for a public folder by looking in the To field of messages in the public folder. Or, you can search for the address in your organization's directory.

  1. At the bottom of the navigation pane, click Mail  Mail view button .

  2. On the Home tab, click E-mail.

    Home tab, group 1

    Tip: The keyboard shortcut to create a new e-mail message is COMMAND + N .

  3. Add the folder's e-mail address in the To box, and then create and send the message.

    Notes: 

    • If a public folder does not have an e-mail address assigned to it, you cannot use Outlook for Mac to post a message in the folder.

    • To view your subscribed public folders, in the navigation pane, click Subscribed Public Folders.

Add an appointment to a public calendar folder

After you have subscribed to a public calendar folder, you can add a new event if you have the appropriate permissions from the folder's administrator.

  1. At the bottom of the navigation pane, click Calendar  Calendar view button .

  2. In the navigation pane, click the arrow next to Subscribed Public Folders, and then click the calendar that you want.

  3. On the Home tab, click Appointment.

    Calendar Home tab, group 1

  4. Enter the details about the event, and then send or save it.

Add a contact to a public address book folder

After you have subscribed to a public address book folder, you can add new contacts if you have the appropriate permissions from the folder's administrator.

  1. At the bottom of the navigation pane, click Contacts  Contacts view button .

  2. In the navigation pane, click the arrow next to Subscribed Public Folders, and then click the address book folder that you want.

  3. On the Home tab, click Contact.

    Contact Home tab, group 1

  4. Enter the details about the contact, and then save it.

See also

Find a contact

Share a folder in an Exchange account

Open a shared calendar, address book, or e-mail folder

Create additional folders in the navigation pane

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