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Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Recoverable deleted items folder showing up in OWA and Outlook as normal folders in Exchange 2013

By default “Recoverable deleted items folder” Should not show up in Outlook or OWA

But if we would have done a PST migration with include dumpster switch .

While importing the pst the import request folder would treat recoverable items folder as a normal folder and not as hidden folder.

As it will display to users and starts the confusion.

as shown in the below image



How to make it hidden without breaking anything . or the restore feature.


Get a test machine

Open Outlook – Create a profile for the problematic user

Download MFCmapi


Run it

Session – Logon


Choose the problematic profile

Click ok


Double Click on the first folder – Which will open up the skeleton of the mailbox


Go to “Recoverable Items”

See on the right Side you can see “PR_ATTR_HIDDEN”

Right click on the attribute – Edit property


Check “Boolean” – Click ok


Now Recoverable Items folder – PR_ATTR_HIDDEN attribute shows true



Now it should not be visible to the user


Thank you

Satheshwaran Manoharan
Satheshwaran Manoharanhttps://www.azure365pro.com
Award-winning Technology Leader with a wealth of experience running large teams and diversified industry exposure in cloud computing. From shipping lines to rolling stocks.In-depth expertise in driving cloud adoption strategies and modernizing systems to cloud native. Specialized in Microsoft Cloud, DevOps, and Microsoft 365 Stack and conducted numerous successful projects worldwide. Also, Acting as a Technical Advisor for various start-ups.

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  1. Hi,

    I had the same problem, Your script is great, but unfortunately only solves half of the problem: the Recoverable Items folder disappears, but in searches or in conversations view the Deletions items still remain. Don’t You know how to get rid of indexing these items (I’ve read another thread, there the solution was to export and import in a special way – we have hundreds of mailboxes, so lookink for a short cut without export-import)?

    Thanks and best regards,


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