SharePoint: Using the Manage Access Option to Manage File/Folder Permissions


This article provides instructions on how to use the manage access option to see what files/folders non-members of your SharePoint site are able to access. It includes instructions to manage non-member access.



A SharePoint site is a securable object that has assigned permissions. When you create a SharePoint site, an Office 365 Group is assigned. The members of the group all have the same level of access to the contents of the site including files and folders. Members of the group can view and/or edit the contents of the site.

The contents of a site are also securable objects (files, folders, etc.). The permissions assigned to group members give them direct access to the site and it's contents. A group member can also give access to other people (non-members) inside and outside the tenant by sharing files or folders with them. When a member shares a document or other individual item with a non-member, permission inheritance is automatically broken for that item. The inherited permissions are copied to the item, and permissions for the non-member are added (making it unique), but if permissions are changed to the parent item (folder, library, etc.), those changes are not applied to the non-member's shared item.

Prior to making changes to any securable object using the procedures provided in this article, review the information in SharePoint: Understanding the Permission Inheritance Hierarchy and SharePoint: Managing Inherited Permissions.

The Manage Access Option allows SharePoint site owners to see what content non-members are able to access and to manage their access accordingly.


Follow the links to the task you want to achieve:



Task: To access the Manage Access (or manage permissions) panel.



Step 1 - Sign in to Portal.Office.Com , and click the Waffle icon > SharePoint.

Step 2 - Select your SharePoint site and open a document library.

Step 3 - Hoover over the Context Menu icon of any document and click See details.

Document Detail Link






Step 4 - On the Details panel, click Manage access.

Document details panel with manage access link highlighted.















The Manage access panel displays.

Manage access panel.















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The Direct Access section of the Manage access panel lists the permissions granted to the group that owns the SharePoint site. The group was assigned when the site was created.

Note: It is possible to change these permissions using the old-style permissions screen, but this procedure is only recommend for advanced SharePoint users.


Task: To modify permissions that were automatically granted (not recommended).



Step 1 - Open a file's Manage access panel.

Step 2 - In the Direct access section, click Advanced.

Manage access panel with the Advanced link highlighted.
















Step 3 - Select the Permissions tab, and use the ribbon options to modify permissions as needed.

Old-style permission screen.









Permissions are modified based on your changes.

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Any sharing links that exist for the document are displayed in the Links Sharing Access section of the Manage Access panel. These are the links that were shared by members to non-members granting them access to the document.


Task: To modify non-member permissions that were granted through sharing.



Step 1 - Open a file's Manage access panel.

Manage access panel with the Links Giving Access section highlighted.
















Step 2 - Click the ellipse () beside the link to display the details of the link.

Step 3 - Click the drop-down arrow to expand the menu in the Link settings section and change the permissions of the link (Can Edit or Can View), or remove the link entirely.

Manage access link settings.

















Step 4 - Enter the Email Address of non-members in the Specify people for this link field to grant them permissions to view or edit the documents. Note: Permission type (Can Edit or Can View) depends on your selections in Step 3.

Step 5 - Click the X next to a non-members name to take away their permissions.







Step 6 - Click Save.



Permissions for non-members are modified based on your changes.

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Further reading

SharePoint: Using the Manage Access Option to Manage File/Folder Permissions

SharePoint: Managing Inherited Permissions

SharePoint: Understanding the Permission Inheritance Hierarchy


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