How to Auto Apply the Current View of a Folder to Its Subfolders in Outlook

When you create a folder in Outlook, the folder will automatically use the default view configured in Outlook natively. But, if you want to auto apply the current view of the folder to its new subfolders, you can use the method introduced in this post.

Perhaps you’ve customized the views of “Inbox” and “Sent Items” folders in your Outlook. Then, when you create new subfolders under the two folders, you may want to apply the parent folders’ views to the subfolders. In general, you have to manually copy or change the views. It is a bit troublesome. Thereby, here we will let Outlook auto apply the same view of a folder to its subfolders with instances of “Inbox” and “Sent Items”.

Auto Apply the Current View of a Folder to Its Subfolders

  1. At first, start Outlook program.
  2. Then, press “Alt + F11” keys to access Outlook VBA editor, according to “How to Run VBA Code in Your Outlook“.
  3. Next, in “Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications” window, copy the following VBA code into “ThisOutlookSession” project.
'Here we take "Inbox" & "Sent Items" folder as instances
Private WithEvents objInbox As Outlook.Folder
Private WithEvents objInboxFolders As Outlook.Folders
Private WithEvents objSentFolder As Outlook.Folder
Private WithEvents objSentFolders As Outlook.Folders

Private Sub Application_Startup()
    Set objInbox = Outlook.Application.Session.GetDefaultFolder(olFolderInbox)
    Set objInboxFolders = objInbox.Folders
    Set objSentFolder = Outlook.Application.Session.GetDefaultFolder(olFolderSentMail)
    Set objSentFolders = objSentFolder.Folders
End Sub

Private Sub objInboxFolders_FolderAdd(ByVal Folder As MAPIFolder)
    'Apply the view of "Inbox" to its new subfolder
    With Folder.CurrentView
         .XML = objInbox.CurrentView.XML
    End With
End Sub

Private Sub objSentFolders_FolderAdd(ByVal Folder As MAPIFolder)
    'Apply the view of "Sent Items" to its new subfolder
    With Folder.CurrentView
         .XML = objSentFolder.CurrentView.XML
    End With
End Sub

VBA Code - Auto Apply the Current View of a Folder to Its Subfolders

  1. Later, click into “Application_Startup” subroutine and press “F5” key to run this macro.
  2. Finally, you can have a try.
  • First off, select “Inbox” or “Sent Items” folder
  • Then, right click on the folder and choose “New Folder”.
  • Next, in the popup dialog box, specify a folder name and hit “OK”.Create a New Subfolder
  • After the folder is created, you can check it. Its view must be the same as its parent folder, namely “Inbox” or “Sent Items”.Same Folder View

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