Office 365 (Outlook on the web | Outlook 2016 | Outlook 2013) - Manage permissions to an email folder

There are times when you need to provide permissions to an email folder to a colleague. If you are looking to grant permissions to your whole account, use these instructions instead: Office 365 - Manage Full Mailbox, Send As, and Send on Behalf of Permissions. For a complete list of email permissions in Office 365, please see Office 365 - Mail and Calendar folder permission levels.

Note: Managing permissions on a mobile device cannot be performed. Use the "Outlook on the web" instructions below to manage your permissions.


When assigning permissions, you have the option to grant many different levels (read/create/modify/owner/delete). Expand the section below for further details:

  •  Permission Levels
    • The following image displays the different types of permissions available:

      Mail Permissions

      Note: The image used above is from Outlook on the web but the same permissions exists for Outlook.

      Review Office 365 - Mail and Calendar folder permission levels for definition of each permission level.

To add/modify/remove permissions using Outlook on the web, expand the section below:

  •  Manage permissions using Outlook on the web
    • In the example below, Bucky is managing permissions to his "Air_Gun" folder.

      Add/modify permissions

      1. Log into Office 365 account via Outlook on the web.
      2. Open the app launcher tool in the top left of your Outlook on the web window as shown below.

        app_launcher_icon

      3. Select Outlook from the list of available apps.

        app_launcher_outlook

      4. Right-click on your top level mailbox folder (Bucky Badger) [denoted by a "1" in the image]:

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      5. Select Permissions... from the drop-down menu.
      6. Click the + icon in the top left of the permissions menu.
      7. Enter the email address of the person you want to give permissions to and click Add.
      8. Select their name from the list, and place a check mark within the 'Folder visible' box and click OK.
      9. Since "Air_Gun" folder is a sub-folder of "Bucky_Bash" folder, 'Folder visible' permissions must be granted to "Bucky_Bash" folder. Repeat steps 3-7 for "Bucky_Bash" folder [denoted by a "2" in the image].
      10. Lastly, assign the required permissions to the "Air_Gun" folder [denoted by a "3" in the image]. Right-click on the "Air_Gun" folder and select Permissions... from the drop-down menu.
      11. Click the + icon in the top left of the permissions menu.
      12. Enter the email address of the person you want to give permissions to and click Add.
      13. Select their name from the list, and choose the desired permission level from the "Permission level" select box. Note: When you select a permission level, the appropriate permissions are assigned (checked) below this selection.
      14. Click OK.
      15. Notify the person you granted permissions to that they now have access to the specific folder(s)

      Remove permissions

      1. Log into Office 365 account via Outlook on the web.
      2. Open the app launcher tool in the top left of your Outlook on the web window as shown below.

        app_launcher_icon

      3. Select Outlook from the list of available apps.

        app_launcher_outlook

      4. To remove the permissions from the "Air_Gun" folder [denoted by a "3" in the image], right-click on the "Air_Gun" folder and select Permissions... from the drop-down menu.
      5. Select their name from the list and click the TRASH icon located in the top left of the menu.
      6. Click OK.

To add/modify/remove permissions using Outlook 2016/2013 for Windows, expand the section below:

  •  Manage permissions using Outlook 2016/2013 for Windows
    • Add/modify permissions

      1. Start Outlook.
      2. Go to "Mail".
      3. Right-click on your top level mailbox folder (your name):

        outlook mailbox

      4. Select Folder Permissions from the drop-down menu.

        Folder Permissions

      5. Make sure you are on the 'Permissions' tab.
      6. Click the Add button.

        Add button

      7. Make sure you are searching against the "Global Address List", enter the name or fully qualified email address of the individual and click Go.
      8. Select their name from the list and click the Add button.
      9. Click OK.
      10. On the properties screen, make sure their name is selected, then place a check mark within the "Folder visible" box and click OK.

        Assign Permissions

      11. If the folder you are granting permissions to is a sub-folder of another folder, you must grant "Folder visible" permissions to each folder for this user - do this by repeating the steps 3-10 for each sub-folder.
      12. Next, right-click on the desired folder you wish to provide permissions for from the folder list and select Properties... from the drop-down menu.
      13. Click 'Permissions' tab.
      14. Click the Add button.
      15. Make sure you are searching against the "Global Address List", enter the name or fully qualified email address of the individual and click Go.
      16. Select their name from the list and click the Add button.
      17. Click OK.
      18. Select their name from the list, and choose the desired permission level from the "Permission level" select box. Note: When you select a permission level, the appropriate permissions are assigned (checked) below this selection.

        Assign Permissions

      19. Click OK.
      20. Notify the person you granted permissions to that they now have access to the specific folder(s)

      Remove permissions

      1. Start Outlook.
      2. Go to "Mail".
      3. Right-click on the specific folder you wish to remove the individual's permissions from, and select Properties... from the drop-down menu.
      4. Click 'Permissions' tab.
      5. Select their name from the list and click the Remove button.
      6. Click OK.

To add/modify/remove permissions using Outlook 2016 for Mac, expand the section below:

  •  Manage permissions using Outlook 2016 for Mac
    • Add/modify permissions

      1. Start Outlook.
      2. Go to "Mail".
      3. Right-Click the mailbox folder you wish to share.
      4. outlook mailbox - right-click on account/address
      5. Select Sharing Permissions... from the drop-down menu.
      6. Ensure you are on the permissions tab.
      7. Click the Add User...
      8. In the search bar type the users' email address and select their name once it appears.
      9. Click the Add button.
      10. From within the "Folder Properties" screen, make sure the user is selected and assign folder visible permissions.
      11. Click OK when finished.
      12. If the folder you are granting permissions to is a sub-folder of another folder, you must grant "Folder visible" permissions to each folder for this user - do this by repeating the steps 3-10 for each sub-folder.
      13. Right-Click the desired folder or sub-folder you wish to be shared and choose Sharing Permissions... from the sub-menu.
      14. In the Folder Properties > Permissions window:
      15. Click Add User...
      16. In the search bar type the users' email address and select their name once it appears.
      17. From within the "Folder Properties" screen, make sure the user is selected and assign the desired permissions.
      18. Click OK when finished.
      19. Notify the person you granted permissions so that they now have access to the specific folder.

      Remove permissions

      1. Start Outlook.
      2. Go to "Mail".
      3. Right-click on the specific folder you wish to remove the individual's permissions from, and select Properties... from the drop-down menu.
      4. Click 'Permissions' tab.
      5. Select their name from the list and click the Remove button.
      6. Click OK.


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Owner:Ara M.Group:Office 365
Created:2016-04-19 12:38 CDTUpdated:2016-08-17 07:44 CDT
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