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Difference between SharePoint “View only” and “Read” permission level

Posted in Sharepoint by Abhishek Bhowmick on May 4, 2011

View Permission – Users with Read only permissions can view the content using Client side application like Excel or InfoPath. It allows users to open a Web site, list, or folder in order to access items inside that container. View items in lists, documents in document libraries, and view Web discussion comments.

Read Permission – Users with View only permissions cannot view the content using Client side application like Excel or InfoPath. Like they can view only Server side rendering items.It allows Users to View items in lists, documents in document libraries, and view Web discussion comments. Open Items and View the source of documents with server-side file handlers.

More information: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepointserver/HA101001491033.aspx

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Users with lower permission level are unable to view Site Directory links

Posted in Sharepoint by Abhishek Bhowmick on January 23, 2009

Here is a simple issue which took us some time to get hold of.  Heartiest thanks to Vijay Kumar Acharya who gave us this lead.  This is how it goes…  Site Collection Administrator creates a link in the Site Directory and can view the same after logging back to the site.  Users with lower permission level are unable to view this link in the Site Directory.  We logged back into the SharePoint site and navigated to the Site Directory.  Clicked on View All Site Content.  Under Lists we clicked on Sites.  We found in the List settings > Versioning Settings we found that Content Approval was enabled hence any new links being created in the Site Directory has an Approval Status as Pending.  We approved the list item for the concerned link and the other users with any permission level were able to view links in the Site Directory.  If the Site Collection Administrator does not wish to continue this operation then the Content Approval can be disabled and the links should appear to other users just like that.  Hope this helps!

Restrict Views for User Groups for Lists and Libraries in Sharepoint

Posted in Sharepoint by Abhishek Bhowmick on December 18, 2008

Restricting views for users in Sharepoint could not have been easier.  Searching through the internet got me to this website where I found this handy tool:  http://www.codeplex.com/SPViewPermission.  Installing this tool will make a feature available in the site collection feature called “View Permission Settings (powered by Bewise)”. Activating feature will add one item “View Permission Settings (powered by Bewise)” in the list or library settings where you can control which user group should view certain views.  Please visit the above link for screenshots and procedure.

Alternative:  Creating personal views and making them their default view by individual users will show them their own views but that will not restrict them from viewing other views as well.

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