RenameMailbox Method  

Change the name of a mailbox.


object.RenameMailbox( OldName, NewName )


A string that specifies the name of the mailbox to be renamed on the server. The mailbox must exist on the server, otherwise an error will be returned.
A string that specifies the new name for the mailbox. An error will be returned if a mailbox with that name already exists.

Return Value

A value of zero is returned if the operation was successful, otherwise a non-zero error code is returned which indicates the cause of the failure.


If the existing mailbox name contains inferior hierarchical names (mailboxes under the specified mailbox) then those mailboxes will also be renamed. For example, if the mailbox "Mail/Pictures" contains two mailboxes, "Personal" and "Work" and it is renamed to "Mail/Images" then the two mailboxes under it would be automatically renamed to "Mail/Images/Personal" and "Mail/Images/Work".

If the mailbox being renamed is the currently selected mailbox, the current mailbox will be unselected and any messages marked for deletion will be expunged. The new mailbox name will then automatically be re-selected. To prevent deleted messages from being removed from the mailbox prior to being renamed, use the UnselectMailbox method to unselect the current mailbox before calling RenameMailbox. Note that if the rename operation fails, the client may be left in an unselected state.

It is permitted to rename the special mailbox INBOX. In this case, the messages will be moved from the INBOX mailbox to the new mailbox. If the INBOX mailbox is currently selected, the new mailbox will not automatically be selected. INBOX will remain the selected mailbox.

See Also

Mailbox Property, Mailboxes Property, MailboxName Property, ExamineMailbox Method, ReselectMailbox Method, SelectMailbox Method