I thought this information would be easy to find on google or on this site but can't find it. Sorry in advance if I missed it.

I have a document library accessible by 100+ people and we decide to lock the possibility to delete any folder because of the risks a non-IT skilled person accidentally remove all our files. My idea was to go in the SP permissions level and uncheck something lie 'Delete folder' but it doesn't exist like that. I have reviewed the list several time and can't find to which permission level this right to delete folder is associated to. Below the list of permissions I can modify. Can somebody clarify to me how I can set-up a permission level were people can manage files (create, edit, delete) but can't delete any folder?

Many thanks in advance

PS: the list of permission level:

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It seems you have already unchecked 'Manage Lists' permission. It should restrict the deletion of the whole list. Out of the box 'Contribute' permission should work in your case, as it excludes 'Manage List', which is part of out of the box 'Edit' permission.

Edit – Can add, edit and delete lists; can view, add, update and delete list items and documents
Contribute – Can view, add, update, and delete list items and documents

Please let me know if this is not working.

  • Thank you for your feedback. The team still have the rights to delete a folder. So I assume they are only forbidden to delete the hole library. Is there any way to lock the deletion of the sub-folders?
    – Nico
    Commented May 14, 2020 at 5:35

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