#Office365Challenge So folders are less evil than I thought a couple of years ago. There is a time and place for everything, however in some libraries you might be utilizing meta data and would like to disable the ability to create folders. Here’s a quick one to show you how
Day: 348 of 365, 17 left
Tools: Office 365, SharePoint
Description: Disable Folder Creation in SharePoint Document Libraries
Audience: Power Users, Admins
What does Microsoft say? Specify whether the “New Folder” command is available. Changing this setting does not affect existing folders (from Library Settings page).
How to disable folder creation:
- Navigate to the library settings
- Click on Advanced Settings
Scroll down to Folders. Select “No”, click OK to Save.
The image on the right shows the ability to create folders, on the left you’ll see the function removed:
Understand the business need before disabling folders. Just because SharePoint is great with meta data and views, doesn’t mean folders don’t have a place.
Overview of my challenge: As an absolute lover of all things Microsoft, I’ve decided to undertake the challenge, of writing a blog every single day, for the 365 days. Crazy, I know. And I’ll try my best, but if I cannot find something good to say about Office 365 and the Tools it includes for 365 days, I’m changing my profession. So let’s write this epic tale of “Around the Office in 365 Days”. My ode to Microsoft Office 365.
Keep in mind that these tips and tricks do not only apply to Office 365 – but where applicable, to the overall Microsoft Office Suite and SharePoint.
December 3, 2019 at 3:54 am
Couldn’t they just Open with Explorer and then create as many folders as they like?
December 11, 2019 at 11:49 pm
This is a great feature, but if your end users are savvy enough they will realize they can still add folders to a library through drag and drop (in Chrome for instance). I’d be curious if there was a way to prevent this workaround that does not involve coding. Thank you! I refer to this site constantly.
January 6, 2020 at 6:24 pm
Sadly training is the thing that prevents most mishaps.
March 1, 2020 at 3:01 pm
I would like to disable the folder creation for only the user who has edit access but the full control user should has access to folder creation
March 1, 2020 at 11:03 pm
Hmmm. I actually don’t think that’s possible. I’m prepared to be corrected. Anyone?