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User permissions and permission levels

Updated: November 16, 2006

Applies To: Windows SharePoint Services 3.0

Updated: 2006-11-16

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Default permission levels

Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 includes five permission levels by default. You can customize the permissions available in these permission levels (except for the Limited Access and Full Control permission levels), or you can create new permission levels that contain specific permissions.

NoteNote:

Although you cannot directly edit the Limited Access and Full Control permission levels, you can make permissions unavailable for the entire Web application, which essentially removes those permissions from the Limited Access and Full Control permission levels. For more information, see "Manage permissions for a Web application" in the Central Administration Help system.

Permission level Description Permissions included by default

Limited Access

Allows access to shared resources in the Web site so users can access an item within the site. Designed to be combined with fine-grained permissions to give users access to a specific list, document library, item, or document, without giving users access to the entire site. Cannot be customized or deleted.

View Application Pages, Browse User Information, Use Remote Interfaces, Use Client Integration Features, Open

Read

Read-only access to the Web site.

Limited Access permissions plus: View Items, Open Items, View Versions, Create Alerts, Use Self-Service Site Creation, View Pages

Contribute

Can create and edit items in existing lists and document libraries.

Read permissions plus: Add Items, Edit Items, Delete Items, Delete Versions, Browse Directories, Edit Personal User Information, Manage Personal Views, Add/Remove Personal Web Parts, Update Personal Web Parts

Design

Can create lists and document libraries and edit pages in the Web site.

Contribute permissions plus: Manage Lists, Override Check Out, Approve Items, Add and Customize Pages, Apply Themes and Borders, Apply Style Sheets

Full Control

Full control of the scope.

All permissions

User permissions

Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 includes 32 permissions, which are used in the five default permission levels. You can change which permissions are included in a particular permission level (except for the Limited Access and Full Control permission levels), or you can create a new permission level to contain specific permissions.

List permissions

Permission Description Dependent permissions Included in these permission levels by default

Manage Lists

Create and delete lists, add or remove columns in a list, and add or remove public views of a list.

View Items, View Pages, Open, Manage Personal Views

Design, Full Control

Override Check Out

Discard or check in a document that is checked out to another user without saving the current changes.

View Items, View Pages, Open

Design, Full Control

Add Items

Add items to lists, add documents to document libraries, and add Web discussion comments.

View Items, View Pages, Open

Contribute, Design, Full Control

Edit Items

Edit items in lists, edit documents in document libraries, edit Web discussion comments in documents, and customize Web Part Pages in document libraries.

View Items, View Pages, Open

Contribute, Design, Full Control

Delete Items

Delete items from a list, documents from a document library, and Web discussion comments in documents.

View Items, View Pages, Open

Contribute, Design, Full Control

View Items

View items in lists, documents in document libraries, and view Web discussion comments.

View Pages, Open

Read, Contribute, Design, Full Control

Approve Items

Approve minor versions of list items or documents.

Edit Items, View Items, View Pages, Open

Design, Full Control

Open Items

View the source of documents with server-side file handlers.

View Items, View Pages, Open

Read, Contribute, Design, Full Control

View Versions

View past versions of list items or documents.

View Items, Open Items, View Pages, Open

Read, Contribute, Design, Full Control

Delete Versions

Delete past versions of list items or documents.

View Items, View Versions, View Pages, Open

Contribute, Design, Full Control

Create Alerts

Create e-mail alerts.

View Items, View Pages, Open

Read, Contribute, Design, Full Control

View Application Pages

View forms, views, and application pages. Enumerate lists.

Open

All

Site permissions

Permission Description Dependent permissions Included in these permission levels by default

Manage Permissions

Create and change permission levels on the Web site and assign permissions to users and groups.

View Items, Open Items, View Versions, Browse Directories, View Pages, Enumerate Permissions, Browse User Information, Open

Full Control

View Usage Data

View reports on Web site usage.

View Pages, Open

Full Control

Create Subsites

Create subsites such as team sites, Meeting Workspace sites, and Document Workspace sites.

View Pages, Browse User Information, Open

Full Control

Manage Web Site

Perform all administration tasks for the Web site, and manage content.

View Items, Add and Customize Pages, Browse Directories, View Pages, Enumerate Permissions, Browse User Information, Open

Full Control

Add and Customize Pages

Add, change, or delete HTML pages or Web Part pages, and edit the Web site by using a Windows SharePoint Services-compatible editor.

View Items, Browse Directories, View Pages, Open

Design, Full Control

Apply Themes and Borders

Apply a theme or borders to the entire Web site.

View Pages, Open

Design, Full Control

Apply Style Sheets

Apply a style sheet (.css file) to the Web site.

View Pages, Open

Design, Full Control

Create Groups

Create a group of users that can be used anywhere within the site collection.

View Pages, Browse User Information, Open

Full Control

Browse Directories

Enumerate files and folders in a Web site by using Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer and Web DAV interfaces.

View Pages, Open

Contribute, Design, Full Control

Use Self-Service Site Creation

Create a Web site by using Self-Service Site Creation.

View Pages, Browse User Information, Open

Read, Contribute, Design, Full Control

View Pages

View pages in a Web site.

Open

Read, Contribute, Design, Full Control

Enumerate Permissions

Enumerate permissions on the Web site, list, folder, document, or list item.

Browse Directories, View Pages, Browse User Information, Open

Full Control

Browse User Information

View information about users of the Web site.

Open

All

Manage Alerts

Manage alerts for all users of the Web site.

View Items, View Pages, Open

Full Control

Use Remote Interfaces

Use SOAP, Web DAV, or Office SharePoint Designer interfaces to access the Web site.

Open

All

Use Client Integration Features

Use features that launch client applications. Without this permission, users must work on documents locally and then upload their changes.

Use Remote Interfaces, Open

All

Open

Open a Web site, list, or folder to access items inside that container.

None

All

Edit Personal User Information

Users can change their own user information, such as adding a picture.

Browse User Information, Open

Contribute, Design, Full Control

Personal permissions

Permission Description Dependent permissions Included in these permission levels by default

Manage Personal Views

Create, change, and delete personal views of lists.

View Items, View Pages, Open

Contribute, Design, Full Control

Add/Remove Personal Web Parts

Add or remove personal Web Parts on a Web Part page.

View Items, View Pages, Open

Contribute, Design, Full Control

Update Personal Web Parts

Update Web Parts to display personalized information.

View Items, View Pages. Open

Contribute, Design, Full Control

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