Group Policy Object GPO to fix Outlook HomePage Folders not working

If done properly, it will only install the key if it detects that version of office is installed.

Create a new Group Policy Object to set our Registry Keys

“Outlook Home Page Policy”

  • Expand User > Preferences > Windows Settings > Registry
  • Right click: New > Registry Item

General Tab

  • Action:     Update (will create or update if it exists)
  • Key Path:    Software\Microsoft\Office\16.0\Outlook\Security
  • Value name:    EnableRoamingFolderHomepages
  • Value type:    REG_DWORD
  • Value data    1

  • Click on Common Tab

Common Tab

  • Check [x] Item-level targeting
  • Click [Targeting…] button

Targeting Editor

  • Menu New Item > Registry Match

  • Match type:     Key exists
  • Key Path    Software\Microsoft\Office\16.0\Outlook
  • Note: We drop “\Security” from the end of the path ^

  • Click [OK] to close the Targeting Editor
  • Click [OK] to close the Registry Property Page for our first Key.

Repeat for each Office version (15.0 and 14.0)


Save the GPO, Validate Settings

  • Finally link it to the GPO tree that hold your Client Computers and test.

Test and Validate:

  • Check a computer who hasn’t had the GPO applied yet:

  • Force the GPO to apply by opening a command prompt (maybe administrative command prompt) and run
gpupdate /force

  • Refresh the registry editor, you should see the new Registry Key applied for only the version of office that you have installed.


Now just sip back and enjoy your coffee.