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FileSystemObject.DeleteFolder method

Table of contents
  1. Syntax
  2. Remarks
  3. Examples

Deletes a specified folder and its contents.


object.DeleteFolder folderspec, [ force ]

The DeleteFolder method syntax has these parts:

Part Description
object Required. Always the name of a FileSystemObject.
folderspec Required. The name of the folder to delete. The folderspec can contain wildcard characters in the last path component.
force Optional. Boolean value that is True if folders with the read-only attribute set are to be deleted; False (default) if they are not.


The DeleteFolder method does not distinguish between folders that have contents and those that don't. The specified folder is deleted regardless of whether or not it has contents.

An error occurs if no matching folders are found. The DeleteFolder method stops on the first error it encounters. No attempt is made to roll back or undo any changes that were made before an error occurred.


The following code illustrates the use of the DeleteFolder method.

Sub DeleteFolderDemo()
    Dim fso As Object
    Set fso = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
    'Delete specified folder
    fso.DeleteFolder "D:\Temp"
    'Delete all CustomerA Subfolders within the D:\Temp folder
    fso.DeleteFolder "D:\Temp\*\CustomerA"
    'Delete all subfolders
    fso.DeleteFolder "D:\Temp\*"
End Sub

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