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Article ID: 251636

Article Last Modified on 10/25/2007


  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Enterprise Edition
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q251636


After a mailbox has been created in Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server or in Microsoft Exchange Server 2003, and a user has logged on to it, you cannot change the names of the default mailbox folders by using Exchange System Manager.


Default folder names for mailboxes are not visible in Exchange System Manager. There is no interface to change these folder names in Exchange System Manager.


To change the display name of the default folders, use the following procedure:

  1. Install Microsoft Exchange Client 4.0 or 5.0 on a computer that is running Microsoft Windows 95, Microsoft Windows 98, Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition, or Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Workstation. Log on to the mailbox that is located on the Exchange 2000 server or on the Exchange 2003 server.

    Note: Do not install the Exchange Client on the Exchange 2000 server or on the Exchange 2003 server to avoid potential conflicts between files from the Exchange Client and existing MAPI and EMS files on the Exchange 2000 server or the Exchange 2003 server. Do not install the Exchange Client on a Microsoft Windows 2000-based computer or on a Windows 2003-based computer.

    If you do not have a copy of the Exchange Client, see the following Microsoft Knowledge Base article for instructions on how to obtain a copy:

    262426 XCLN: Obtaining a copy of Exchange Client 4.0

  2. Right-click the folder whose display name you want to change.
  3. Click Rename.
  4. Change the display name.
  5. Click OK.


This behavior is by design.


In Exchange 2000 or in Exchange 2003, the following default folders are created for each mailbox:

Sent Mail
Deleted Items

These folders are created by the information store the first time the client logs on. The information store creates these folders with localized names, depending on the client local language. After the folders have been created, you cannot change the display names.

For example, you create a mailbox on the Exchange 2000 server or on the Exchange 2003 server, and then you log on to the mailbox with an English language client. The default folder display names, such as Inbox, are created in English, and you cannot change them later to a different name in English with Microsoft Outlook. Nor can you change them to the equivalent name in another language by logging on with an Outlook client in another language.

For additional information, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

198469 XCLN: How to rename the Inbox in Outlook

233040 XCLN: Internet Message Access Protocol Clients can rename, move, or delete some Outlook special folders

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