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Outlook 2010 Shortcut to Public Folder Doesn't Follow Full Path

kc27 (TechnicalUser) (OP)
5 Mar 12 10:34
I used the code at the bottom of this post on a Windows XP desktop shortcut to an Outlook 2010 public folder.

The shortcut doesn't follow the full target path. It should go to All Public Folders > #East - West > Advertising > Request Forms. Instead it only gets to "All Public Folders".

The "%23" in the target path is the hexidecimal character code for the "#" symbol that is used in front of the word "East". %20 is the code for a space.

What else do I need to do to make this shortcut work?

"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14\OUTLOOK.EXE" /select "Outlook://Public%20Folders%20-%20myusername/All%20Public%20Folders/%23East%20-%20West/Advertising/Request%20Forms"

"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office14"

kc27 (TechnicalUser) (OP)
6 Mar 12 10:26
I've tested further. I can create a working shortcut to a public folders as long as the public folder's name does not begin with the "#" symbol.

I tried using "%23" to represent "#" in the file path, and also tried leaving the # symbol in the path. Neither of those two methods worked.

How do I create a valid path to a public folder whose name begins with "#"?
kc27 (TechnicalUser) (OP)
6 Mar 12 13:01
OK, I found out that the pound character "#" should not be used to name public folders if you plan on creating a link to them, anyway. Details in the Microsoft Support article below:

See "You cannot use a pound character in a file name for a hyperlink in an Office program" at;EN-US;202261


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