I have shared files to the external clients who has an outlook account. I have tried to set alert using his profile but the set alert on this library disabled. We are using sharePoint online. please see the image below.

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is there any way that i can make the users set alert by themselfs?

  • Was this migrated from a previous version of SharePoint or was it built in your current environment? Oct 16, 2016 at 12:13
  • it is not migrated. we created this library
    – Rinu
    Oct 16, 2016 at 12:15

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By providing the external users access to your SharePoint Online sites you can set up alerts for them and they can set up alerts with themselves , So Make sure that the External Sharing is configured properly as Office 365 Admin center . For more details check SharePoint External Users and Alerts

If the Alert ME is still disabled , make sure that you have already shared this library to these external users .

If you need to set alert for a specific folder in your library, the alert me option is disabled , try the following

  • Try to View properties for this folder.

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  • From the above ribbon click on Alert me and set the external users email.

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  • hi M.Qassas, Alert is enabled and user has rights to it, I can set alert for myself but when the external user tried it in his the alert is disabled. I may be able to do it for him as an intern measure. but ideally user's should be able to do it by themselfs
    – Rinu
    Oct 17, 2016 at 8:07

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