"You do not have permission" error message when you try to open a shared Calendar folder in Outlook for Mac

Applies to: Outlook 2016 for MacOutlook for Mac for Office 365


When you try to open a shared Calendar folder in Microsoft Outlook 2016 for Mac or Outlook for Mac 2011, you receive the following error message even though you were granted permission to the folder:

Outlook cannot open the folder. You do not have permission to open this folder. Contact <Calendar owner's name> for permission.


This issue occurs because the owner of the folder that you want to access shares the subcalendar folder with you but does not share their default (primary) Calendar folder.


To fix this issue, the calendar owner must share both the primary and the secondary Calendar folders with you.

More Information

In Outlook for Mac, you must have at least Reviewer permission to access the other user's default Calendar folder to be able to also access any subcalendar folders.

For example, you have permissions to the following shared Calendar folders:

  • Calendar
  • Second Calendar
In this example, Second Calendar is a subfolder of Calendar. This is displayed as follows:

Sub Calendar snapshot

To be able to open the other user's Second Calendar folder, you must have at least Reviewer permission to their default Calendar folder.


For more information about how to share a folder in Outlook for Mac, see the following Office website: