ExamineMailbox Method  

Selects the specified mailbox for read-only access.


object.ExamineMailbox( MailboxName )


A string argument which specifies the name of the mailbox to be examined.

Return Value

A value of zero is returned if the method succeeds. Otherwise, a non-zero error code is returned which indicates the cause of the failure.


The ExamineMailbox method is used to select a mailbox in read-only mode. Messages can be read, but they cannot be modified or deleted from the mailbox and new messages will not lose their status as new messages if they are accessed.

If the client has a different mailbox currently selected, that mailbox will be closed and any messages marked for deletion will be expunged. To prevent deleted messages from being removed from the previous mailbox, use the UnselectMailbox method prior to examining the new mailbox.

The special case-insensitive mailbox name INBOX is used for new messages. Other mailbox names may or may not be case-sensitive depending on the IMAP server's operating system and implementation.

To access a mailbox in read-write mode, use the SelectMailbox method.

See Also

MailboxName Property, CheckMailbox Method, ReselectMailbox Method, SelectMailbox Method