Microsoft SharePoint 2013:List and Library Permissions

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List and Library Permissions


Lists and libraries may have unique permissions or inherit permissions from the current site.
List or library permissions include the following options:

  • Manage Lists - create and delete lists and libraries, add or remove columns in a list or a library, and add or remove public views of a list or a library.
  • Override List Behaviors - discard or check in a document that is checked out to another user.
  • Add Items - add items to lists and add documents to document libraries.
  • Edit Items - edit items in lists, edit documents in document libraries, and customize Web Part pages in document libraries.
  • Delete Items - delete items from a list and documents from a document library.
  • View Items - view items in lists and documents in document libraries.
  • Approve Items - approve a minor version of a list item or document.
  • Open Items - view the source of documents with server-side file handlers.
  • View Versions - view past versions of a list item or document.
  • Delete Versions - delete past versions of a list item or document.
  • Create Alerts - create alerts.
  • View Application Pages - view forms, views, and application pages. Enumerate lists.


These options are assigned to permission levels. The default permission levels are:

  • Read
  • Contribute
  • Design
  • Full Control
  • Limited Access


When you create unique permissions for a list or library, you can assign these default levels to users or you can create your own permission levels according to the specific needs.

Create unique permissions for a list or library and assign permissions to a user

  1. Login to the SharePoint site and navigate to the library or list for which you need to create unique permissions. We will create unique permissions for a document library in this tutorial.
  2. Go to Library Settings page.
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  3. On the Library settings page go to “Permissions for this document library
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  4. On the library permissions page click on Stop Inheriting Permissions.
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  5. Now this library has a unique permissions. On the Permissions tab, click Grant Permissions.
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  6. Start typing a username to the Invite people box in the Share dialog and chose a user you want to grant permissions to this library.
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  7. Click Show Options link. Now you can specify whether to send sharing invitation to this user or not.
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  8. Choose the permission level you would like to assign to this user and click Share.
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