I have a folder in SharePoint containing several files and folders. I want to provide my colleagues with view-only access to this folder.

However, I also want to enable them to use the 'Save As' feature to create copies of file in another folder within the same SharePoint location. Which permissions should I apply to achieve this?

The challenge I'm facing is that when I grant them only 'Read' permissions, they are unable to use the 'Save As' functionality, which is understandable.

Save a Copy online

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Unfortunately, Save as - Save a copy online option is available only if you have Edit permissions on the files (default behavior in SharePoint).


If you want to allow users to create a copy of existing files in the SharePoint document library where they have only Read permissions, follow this steps:

  1. Grant Read access to files in the SharePoint document library to the users - files they will be copying to another folder.

  2. Grant Contribute or higher (Edit/Full Control) access to folders where users will create copies of file (within the same SharePoint location).

  3. Go to SharePoint library > locate the files with Read access > select the file using check box and click Copy to from top command bar:

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  4. Select another folder in the same SharePoint document library (with contribute or higher permissions) and click Copy here button to create a copy of the file:

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  5. Now go to the folder where you just created the copy of file and you will see that the new file can be edited by the users.

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    Thank you so much Ganesh!!
    – Lybs
    Commented Aug 24, 2023 at 11:54
  • You're welcome! Glad it helped you. Commented Aug 24, 2023 at 12:05

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