We are migrating all our users filer server data to SharePoint. One thing we are having issues with is they want unique permissions. For example

  • Folder A - Johnny Salesman (1 person)
    • Folder B (inside of folder a) Johnny Salesman & other sales people
    • Folder C (inside of folder a) Johnny Salesman & Another sales person etc etc

How is it possible to achieve this

  • How are you planning to accomplish this? Are you using 1) PS script 2) MS Flow/Power Automate etc? Nov 12, 2020 at 19:44
  • I was thinking of doing it manually at first to test but then powrrshell most likely cause there is allot of folders.
    – DickyDal
    Nov 12, 2020 at 23:00
  • For PowerShell to work, you need to create a csv file containing folder names and user names or group names that you want to grant permission to. Then loop through the folder names in the file and retrieve each folder from SPO and then grant permission as defined in the csv file. I think, it's doable. Nov 13, 2020 at 3:48

1 Answer 1


You could set unique permission for three folders.

For example, select the folder A -> click ellipsis -> shared with -> advanced -> stop inheriting permissions -> grant permission to Johnny.

After set unique permission for folder B, Johnny and other sales can directly access folder B through the URL of folder B.

But at this time, Johnny can access folder B through URL and UI, other sales can only access folder B through URL, not in UI.


Customize permissions for a SharePoint list or library

Change the permissions on a subfolder

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