I am a new SharePoint site administrator, and the previous administrator has given me "Full Control" access over the site collection. Unfortunately, there are multiple folders within sub-sites that I am unable to access. Does anyone know how I can grant myself access to these folders within the sub-sites? I have tried requesting access once I come across a folder or sub-site that I do not have access to, but when I go to the Access Requests page and click "Approve" on my access request no action is completed, and the request remains. Subsequently I am still able to approve and decline requests from other users.

If anyone has some insight into what the issue may be that I am facing please let me know, or if there are resources you can point me towards I would greatly appreciate it!

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    can some one add you in the Site collection administrator group? – Waqas Sarwar MVP Jan 31 '18 at 15:51
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    In fact if you have only "Full Control" Permissions at site collection level, eg as "Site Owners", you cannot access on items with non-inherited permissions. The only way, as mentioned by Waqas, you have to find someone grants your account as "Site Collection Administrator". – Vladimir Herrlein Jan 31 '18 at 16:06

Follow below steps:

- Login to the site using Farm Account OR Admin Account.

- Go To Site Action >> Site Settings >> Site Collection Administrator

- Add your user name to Site Collection Administrator.

- By this you will have admin access for entire site collection.

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