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Manage permissions for a web application in SharePoint 2013

SharePoint 2013
 

Applies to: SharePoint Server 2013 Standard, SharePoint Foundation 2013

Topic Last Modified: 2013-12-18

Summary: Illustrates how to manage permissions for SharePoint 2013 web applications.

A web application is composed of an Internet Information Services (IIS) web site that acts as a logical container for the site collections that you create. Before you can create a site collection, you must create a web application.

All web applications have List, Site, and Personal permissions. Permissions for a web application are comprehensive settings that apply to all users and groups for all site collections in a web application. You can control user actions by enabling or disabling the associated permission on the web application. For example, if you do not want users to be able to add pages to the web application, you can disable the Add and Customize Pages permission, which is a site-related permission.

ImportantImportant:
After you disable a specific permission for a web application, the permission cannot be granted to any user of a site on the web application.

If you want to set permissions for specific users or groups in a web application, you can create a permission policy for the web application.

NoteNote:
Because SharePoint 2013 runs as websites in Internet Information Services (IIS), administrators and users depend on the accessibility features that browsers provide. SharePoint 2013 supports the accessibility features of supported browsers. For more information, see the following resources:

You can configure a set of permissions to control the way users can interact with the sites and content in a web application.

To manage permissions for a web application
  1. Verify that you have the following administrative credentials:

    • You must be a member of the Farm Administrators group on the computer that is running the SharePoint Central Administration website.

  2. Start SharePoint 2013 Central Administration.

    • For Windows Server 2008 R2:

      • Click Start, click Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Products, and then click SharePoint 2013 Central Administration.

    • For Windows Server 2012:

      • On the Start screen, click SharePoint 2013 Central Administration.

        If SharePoint 2013 Central Administration is not on the Start screen:

      • Right-click Computer, click All apps, and then click SharePoint 2013 Central Administration.

    For more information about how to interact with Windows Server 2012, see Common Management Tasks and Navigation in Windows Server 2012.

  3. On the SharePoint Central Administration website, in the Application Management section, click Manage web applications.

  4. On the WEB APPLICATIONS tab of the ribbon, click the web application for which you want to manage permissions.

  5. In the Security group of the ribbon, click User Permissions.

  6. In the User Permissions for Web Application dialog box, select the check boxes next to the permissions that you want to enable, and clear the check boxes next to those permissions that you want to disable.

    You can select all permissions by selecting the Select All check box. You can clear all permissions by clearing the Select All check box.

  7. Click Save.

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