Permissions Inheritance

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Permissions Inheritance

Permissions Inheritance

Permissions are initially assigned to the root site of the Site Collection when it is created. Child sites have the option when they are created to use unique permissions or inherit the permissions of the parent site. The default setting is to inherit permissions, but you can always break the inheritance and assign unique permissions any time you like provided you have the permission to do so.

Permissions to lists, libraries, and the items within are similar in that they automatically inherit the permissions of their parent site. Just as with child sites, you can always turn off the inheritance and manage permissions in the list, library, or even the individual item.

Modifying Permissions Inheritance

This walk-through will turn off permissions inheritance first in the Golf Clubs list and then in the child site Sub Site A.

  1. Make sure our browser is open on your root team site.
  2. Modify the permissions of the Golf Clubs list.
    1. Click the Golf Clubs link in the Quick Launch menu. Quick Launch
    2. Click the LIST tab to open the toolbar. List tab.
    3. Click the Shared With link button on the LIST tab toolbar. Share link

      If the browser window is not wide enough, the Shared With icon may not display, but it will be listed under the Settings button menu. Alternatively, you could use the List Settings page and the Permissions for this list link on there.

    4. The Shared With lists the current users who have permissions to the list. Click the ADVANCED link. Shared With list.
    5. Note on the List Permissions page for the Golf Clubs list there is a banner notifying us that the list is inheriting permissions from its parent, Contoso Home Site in this example.List permissions toolbar
    6. Click the Stop Inheriting Permissions link button to turn off the inheritance for the Golf Clubs list.List permissions toolbar
    7. Click the OK button on the Message from webpage dialog window notifying you that permission from the parent will no longer affect this list.Message from webpage
    8. Note that now the List Permissions page banner is notifying you that This list has unique permissions and the PERMISSIONS toolbar has more options.List permissions toolbar
  3. Modify the permission of the Sub Site A child site.
    1. Click the BROWSE tab to close the PERMISSIONS toolbar then click the SubSite A link in the Top Link Bar. Navigate Up menu

      Any child site will do if you do not have one named Sub Site A.

    2. Click the Settings menu link and then select the Site settings link from the available options. Site Actions menu
    3. Click the Site permissions link on the Site Settings page. Site Settings.
    4. Note on the Site Permissions page for the Sub Site A site there is a banner notifying you that the list is inheriting permissions from its parent.Site permissions toolbar
    5. Click the Stop Inheriting Permissions link button to turn off the inheritance for the Sub Site A child site.Site permissions toolbar
    6. Click the OK button on the Message from webpage dialog window notifying you that permission from the parent site will no longer affect this site. Message from webpage
    7. When the inheritance is broken, you are given the option of Use an exiting group or Create a new group. For this walk-through, leave it set to the default and click the OK button. Permission inheritence.
    8. Follow the earlier steps to navigate back the the Site permissions page for SubSite A.
    9. Note that now the Site Permissions page banner is notifying you that This web site has unique permissions. Site permissions toolbar
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