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Configure custom permissions (SharePoint Foundation 2010)

Published: May 12, 2010

For more control over the level of access to a site, site collection, or site content, you can define custom permission levels. For more information, see Determine permission levels and groups (SharePoint Foundation 2010) and User permissions and permission levels (SharePoint Foundation 2010).

In this procedure:

Customize an existing permission level

If the custom permission level that you want is nearly identical to an existing default permission level and you do not need to use the default permission level, you can customize the default permission level.

To customize an existing permission level

  1. Verify that you have one of the following administrative credentials:

    • You are a member of the Administrators group for the site collection.

    • You are a member of the Owners group for the site.

    • You have the Manage Permissions permission.

  2. On the Site Settings page, under Users and Permissions, click Site permissions.

  3. In the Manage section of the ribbon, click Permission Levels.

  4. In the list of permission levels, click the name of the permission level you want to customize.

  5. In the list of permissions, select or clear the check boxes to add permissions to or remove permissions from the permission level.

  6. Click Submit.

Copy an existing permission level

If the custom permission level that you want is similar to an existing default permission level, and you need to use both the default permission level and your custom permission level, you can copy the default permission level, and then modify the copy and save it as a new permission level.

To copy an existing permission level

  1. Verify that you have one of the following administrative credentials:

    • You are a member of the Administrators group for the site collection.

    • You are a member of the Owners group for the site.

    • You have the Manage Permissions permission.

  2. On the Site Settings page, under Users and Permissions, click Site permissions.

  3. In the Manage section of the ribbon, click Permission Levels.

  4. In the list of permission levels, click the name of the permission level you want to copy.

  5. At the bottom of the page, click Copy Permission Level.

  6. On the Copy Permission Level page, in the Name field, type a name for the new permission level.

  7. In the Description field, type a description for the new permission level.

  8. In the list of permissions, select or clear the check boxes to add permissions to or remove permissions from the permission level.

  9. Click Create.

Create a permission level

If there is no permission level similar to the one you need, you can create one.

To create a permission level

  1. Verify that you have one of the following administrative credentials:

    • You are a member of the Administrators group for the site collection.

    • You are a member of the Owners group for the site.

    • You have the Manage Permissions permission.

  2. On the Site Settings page, under Users and Permissions, click Site permissions.

  3. In the Manage section of the ribbon, click Permission Levels.

  4. On the toolbar, click Add a Permission Level.

  5. On the Add a Permission Level page, in the Name field, type a name for the new permission level.

  6. In the Description field, type a description of the new permission level.

  7. In the list of permissions, select the check boxes to add permissions to the permission level.

  8. Click Create.

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