The operation failed with an error. [403] Contact the workbook owner to request edit access

Dear Community,

can one of you advise in the following error message?

[403] Contact the workbook owner to request edit access.

We try to get a simple connection running between two different Excel Worksheets, which are stored on Sharepoint.

The error messages points to false user rights, but I created the file and are the owner of it. Can you please advise, how to solve the basic problem?

The Microsoft Azure settings for the app registration should be correct set up.

Attached you will find the displayed error message.

Am I missing something? Sorry if its a stupid and simple 403 error message, but we don’t know how to troubleshoot further the user rights.

Thank you in advance for your help.
Best regards


Same issue here. Also looking for a solution

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Welcome to the Make community!

Looks like MS might have changed something on their end to have affected multiple users.

Could you contact support about this so that they can investigate if this is the case?

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same issue here… did you resolve this in the end? :slight_smile:

I noticed in only affects ‘retrieve data modules’ when they are hosted on sharepoint, if the file is on onedrive I have no issues whatsoever even though I have owner level permissions :frowning:

We had this same issue at our organization, we were able to fix it by creating a Microsoft SharePoint Online module for Uploading a File in an another temporary testing integration, which caused Make to ask for more permissions on the Microsoft account connected to the integration. After accepting those new permissions so that the SharePoint Online module could work, the Excel module was now able to access the Site’s Drive option, and now it can write just fine, no 403 error.

Seems like it must be an issue where Make isn’t asking for the permissions that it needs, but you can get it to ask for those permissions manually by creating a Microsoft SharePoint Online module instead first, which will get it to ask for the SharePoint permissions you need.

Hopefully this helps someone, this took quite a bit of time and digging to figure out, I thought I’d need to manually give Make the permissions somehow, but turns out there was an easier way.


that sounds like a good workaround! Do you remember which permissions were missing?

Not exactly sure which ones were missing, but I know that Sites.ReadWrite.All was missing, and Files.ReadWrite.All may have been missing. Here are all of the permissions granted to Make in our Entra Admin center (Applications > Enterprise applicatons > Make > Permissions) right now: