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Shared Folders - how to give different access levels to parent folder and sub-folders

Shared Folders - how to give different access levels to parent folder and sub-folders

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Hi,

 

I have shared a folder with team members, where I have given them viewing rights only.

 

Now this folder has many folders and sub-folders within it, and I need to give editing rights for some of these selected folders and sub-folders to selected users with whom the parent folder is already shared, where they have viewing rights.

 

In other words, I want my entire team to have viewing rights for the main folder and all its contents, but also want selected memebers of the team to have editing rights for selected folders and files within the main folder.

 

How do I do this, please?

 

Many thanks,

H

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Re: Shared Folders - how to give different access levels to parent folder and sub-folders

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Hi @HChoudhury; thanks for joining our Community!

 

It sounds like you want to share a folder in a different way than its parent shared folder.

 

This isn't something that is currently possible with Dropbox as all folders inherit the sharing properties of their parent folders, so if any folder higher in the hierarchy is shared already, the subfolder cannot have its own sharing properties. 

 

The Dropbox folder structure was designed as it is in order to reduce confusion that ultimately arises when shared folders are nested within one another, but obviously this structure may not be as applicable for certain use cases.

 

You may consider trying to create a flatter folder structure to have more control over how you can share and unshare.

 

To be able to share the subfolders you'll need to unshare the parent folder and then re-share the subfolders as this will allow you finite control over who is a member of what folder in the parent folder.

 

I hope this clears things up a bit and please let me know if you have any follow up questions. 


Walter
Community Moderator @ Dropbox
dropbox.com/support


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