How to fix when a user gets an error "you do not have sufficient previliges" in shared calendar

In this article, I have outlined the steps to fix the issue when an error pops up while accessing shared calendar in Outlook. Please read the article below in detail to know more about it.


Outlook Calendar is a method to share appointment, schedule meetings, sync your schedule with that of others, and create additional calendars for tracking projects, family appointments, or personal activities in outlook calendar.

Shared calendar is a feature by Microsoft for outlook users to share the calendar information with others. This is done specially by high profile candidates in a corporate environment. I have written two separate articles on shared calendar and under what circumstances this feature is used and also a few related troubleshooting steps on TEC. Please see the below link to know more about it.

How to open a shared calendar in Outlook 2003 and Outlook 2010

How to delegate the access of an Outlook Calendar to another person in Outlook 2003 and 2010

Similarly, I wrote a lot of articles on TEC, issues encountered and resolution to them. There are a lot of sub links in the link below and in those sub links you would find more sub links. These articles serve as a learning guide for the people looking for IT support jobs as these are the most frequently asked interview questions in corporate. Further, these articles would also employees working in technical call centers. Please click the link below to know more about them.

How to fix the issue if a user is unable to move emails to the PST in Outlook

Coming to the present scenario, when a user is encountered with an error while accessing the shared calendar of other user and gets the error as "you do not have sufficient privileges". There are certain things we need to look at while fixing the error.

This issue can be fixed by doing the following:

1. When a user happens to remove and add the shared calendar and

2. When the permission to user was not given by the proper person. Check permissions who had given delegate access as this issue could be due to improper permission.

Method 1 – Remove and re-add Calendar

Step 1 - Go to Calendar

Step 2 – Go to Other Calendars

Step 3 – Right click on the person

Step 4 - Click on delete

Step 5 – Open the shared Calendar

Note: To open the shared Calendar, you have to follow steps which have outlined in below article. Please click the below link to know about them.

How to open a shared calendar in Outlook 2003 and Outlook 2010

If the issue is not resolved by using the above method, please follow the method 2.

Method 2 – Checking Permissions

Step 1 – Open Outlook

Step 2 – Click on Go from the drop down menu

Step 3 – Click on Folder list

Note: In Outlook 2010 you will see folder list in bottom left hand side of outlook.

Step 4 - Right click on Calendar

Step 5 – Click on Properties

Step 6 - On the Calendar Properties window, click on the permissions tab and then select the user to check the permissions level.

Step 7 - If the permissions seem to be fine, try to remove the user and re-add the user for whom you are giving the delegate access.

Step 8 - The removal and the adding process would be done on the Calendar Properties window.

Step 9 - Click on ADD to add user to whom you would like to give the delegate access

Step 10 - To add a user type the last name of the user from the Global Address List to whom you would like to give access to, click on ADD and OK

Step 11 - After the user is added, you should change their Permission Level to eg. Reviewer and then click on OK.

Step 12 – Close and re-open outlook, it should be fine.


Hence, these were the simple, detailed and easy steps helpful for the people who are not tech savvy, IT Help Desk analysts and job seekers learning the concept of outlook. This article like my others would serve as learning guide for various sets of people and would save their time in searching accurate and detailed steps to fix a complex issue like the one in question. Hope this helps.


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