I am having a document library with different folders. Each folder contains 100s of documents. I am creating a new column with name Status. When I change the status of the folder to "Locked" then Status column value for all the documents under this folder should be marked as "Locked" automatically. Is there any way that I can accomplish this thing? OOB there is no way to accomplish. Is it possible through workflow or content type?

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    Can you clarify 'changing the status of the folder to locked'
    – sssreddy
    Oct 2, 2018 at 18:50
  • Status is a column that i have created for library. I will edit the properties of folder and update the Status column value to Locked
    – Mihir
    Oct 3, 2018 at 9:42

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I don't think that we can inherit metadata value from folder.But I would suggest to use document sets.

A Document Set is a group of related documents that you can manage as a single entity. You can create a Document Set in a single step, and then define its characteristics and metadata.



There is a way to inherit the metadata, I hired a consultant to develop this functionality for us, so I can confirm its possible. Unfortunately I cannot provide a step by step guide for your use case as our needs were different.

I believe the consultant used the SharePoint Online Management Shell which is far beyond my expertise, so unfortunately I can't do more than tempt you.

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