Death by right-click -> Delete ? Nope. PowerShell.

So at one stage I was testing the RSS reader capabilities of Outlook 2007, and I imported an OPML file with roughly 500 feeds! Of course I was NOT interested in reading ALL of them, and it was causing quite a bit of work to do on my machine to fetch them all and sync the content in my mailbox…

So I figured out it was possible to remove the subscription (from the Tools menu -> Account Settings -> RSS Feeds) but the folders were left there. Now, I didn’t want to have those 500 folders in my mailbox, and I did not even want to die by right-clicking, pressing “delete”, confirming…. all of this 500 times! No way.

So I wrote this little PowerShell script, I guess it *might* be helpful to someone at one stage, who knows ?

[System.Reflection.Assembly]::LoadWithPartialName(‘Microsoft.Office.Interop.Outlook’)
$oApp = New-Object -COM ‘Outlook.Application’
$rss = $oApp.GetNamespace(“MAPI”).GetDefaultFolder(“olFolderRssFeeds”)
forach ($folder in $rss.Folders)
{
$folder.Delete()
}

Please note that if you don’t have the Office Interop Assemblies installed on your machine, you can’t use the first line. As a result, you will have to change the third line hardcoding the number that represents the RSSFeeds folder, so it would become:

$rss = $oApp.GetNamespace(“MAPI”).GetDefaultFolder(25)

Note: I found out (later, of course) that there is a much more general post on this subject (that is, automating Outlook through PowerShell): http://www.leeholmes.com/blog/GettingThingsDoneOutlookTaskAutomationWithPowerShell.aspx




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