I'm using SharePoint form Microsoft 365

I have created site and added some members. I created a library on it, but I would like that only some persons have access to certain subfolders inside (not all site members). I have read about breaking inheritance, and granting excusive permissions on folders, but, as far as I can see, on 365 I can only do it at library level, not subfolder or item level.

Is there a way to perform this on 365, or using different libraries is the better (or even unique) approach to perform this?

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You can break permissions inheritance and grant excusive permissions on folders as well in SharePoint online.

Follow below steps:

  1. Go to document library

  2. Click on ellipsis (...) - three dots next to folder name & select Manage access

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  3. It will open a panel at right side of screen. Scroll to the bottom of panel & click on Advanced link

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  4. It will open permissions page for that particular folder where you can break permissions & grant permissions to users/groups

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Also, if you are going to have fix set of subfolders (not going to increase in future) & there are only few subfolders, you can manage this using different libraries as well. Permissions management will be easier using this approach than creating subfolders inside only one library.

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    Can't belive I didn't see it! :( Thanks!
    – Kaikus
    Jul 23, 2021 at 8:39

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