One of the main functions of SharePoint is document management. While SharePoint as a platform is versatile and can wear numerous hats, it shines as a file storage and collaboration tool. Many users are comfortable structuring document shares using folders, as that is likely how they organize files on their personal and work machines.
Even though users can take advantage of rich metadata, sorting, and filtering capabilities to manage their content in SharePoint, sometimes folders are needed to facilitate software adoption and meet users where they are in their technology journeys. Luckily, SharePoint fully supports the use of folders.
Before we begin, an important distinction must be made. In SharePoint, sites can have document libraries, which are containers for folders and files. A folder must live inside a SharePoint document library; a folder can’t be created straight from the site level. By default, all sites in SharePoint (regardless of version) are created with a single SharePoint document library (though site owners can add more).
Permissions Required to Create a New Folder
Across all versions of SharePoint, users will need at least Contribute permissions to the document library in which they want to create a folder. Folder creation is turned on in SharePoint by default.
If you have the correct permissions and still don’t see the option to create folders, your administrator(s) or site owner(s) may have turned it off or altered your capability to do so.
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