We are trying to configure same schema on our new SharePoint Foundation 2013 that we used on SharePoint Foundation 2010. We have a document library with folder structure like this:

| - 100_FIRST
| ------------100_1_1_THIRD_LEVEL_SUBFOLDER
| ------------100_1_2_NEXT_THIRD_LEVEL_SUBFOLDER
| - 200_SECOND
| - 300_THIRD

And for example we want to grant access to specific user just into the folder 100_1_1_THIRD_LEVEL_SUBFOLDER and not in any other folders.

On previous 2010 SharePoint installation when I granted access to some subfolder to some user, on parent folders were Limited Access permissions automatically assigned to him, so he can traverse directly to the subfolder to which he has access.

On new installation SP 2013 (clean installation in new Active Directory, no migration) if I grant access to some subfolder (eg. 100_1_1_THIRD_LEVEL_SUBFOLDER) to user, he can access it via direct url link, but if he open Document Library containing this folder, he sees it as empty, because he does not has access to folder containing that granted subfolder (this is partially correct as he should not see any content of parent folder, but he should see folders in path to the subfolder he has granted access).

I am missing any settings on SP 2013 or this is not included in Foundation version of 2013?

Thanks for any advice!

  • Might I suggest using extra list instead of folders. You can have all permission control, and folders are just a bad idea in SharePoint. Folders make your URLs too long and you can lose your files if you exceed 256 characters in your URL. Also, it can turn into a permissions nightmare once you start getting too many folders in the list. Plus it is harder for the search crawlers to find your stuff. Folders are so 90's man :)
    – lazoDev
    Commented Jul 22, 2014 at 17:53

2 Answers 2


You could create a view in flat structure so he doesn't have to navigate to the subfolder. Create standard view and set Folders to "show all items without folders."


Same issue happened to me before. So, we used Tree view, which kind of allows someone with no permissions in the Parent folder to expand and view the Sub-folders. They should expand the folder tree structure in the left pane, until the exact sub-folder they have access to is reached.

  • Yes, Treeview could be workaround for accessing via web interface, but when users maps DMS in Explorer as Network Drive they can't see the folders and then they are complaining why they can't see content :-(
    – vladimirm
    Commented Jul 28, 2014 at 9:59
  • You could try adding 'View Items' permission to the 'Limited Access' permission level. Go to Site settings > Site Permissions. Click 'Permissions level' button. Select 'Limited Access' and click 'Edit Permission level'. In the edit permission page, check 'View Items' under List Permissions. If the Limited Access Level is read only, copy it to a new level and add View Items.
    – sv_vs
    Commented Jul 29, 2014 at 2:46

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