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Enabling the “Hide On My Computer folders” checkbox in Outlook’s General Preferences

One of the more useful (to me) features in Outlook is the ability to hide the On My Computer directories in Outlook. There’s a checkbox in Outlook’s preferences, in the General section, that enables it. It’s also possible to enable this using a defaults command:

defaults write com.microsoft.Outlook HideFoldersOnMyComputerRootInFolderList -bool true

Also, because you can set this with a defaults command, it’s possible to manage this with MCX:

Domain: ~/Library/Preferences/com.microsoft.Outlook

Key: HideFoldersOnMyComputerRootInFolderList

Value: True (to enable the checkbox) or False (to de-select it)

  1. jason
    March 29, 2011 at 4:46 pm | #1

    how do you find these hidden “defaults write” options? Like what told you that “HideFoldersOnMyComputerRootInFolderList” was the key to use? I understand that sometimes you can find/see them in the plist, but what about when you can’t? There are so many commands that people seemingly just know.

  2. March 29, 2011 at 5:09 pm | #2

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