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SharePoint Groups

SharePoint Groups

View the Default SharePoint Groups

SharePoint creates default groups based on the template used to create the root site in the site collection. In the following walk-through you will view the default groups created in your root site, Contoso Home Site is the title of the root site used in the walk-through. Later in this lesson, you will explore how child sites inherit these groups by default and how to change that.

  1. Make sure your browser is open to the root team site.
  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. Verify the default groups in the list are Members, Owners, Visitors, and Excel Services Viewers. Note that the Members, Owners, and Visitors groups have the site's name Contoso Home Site appended to them.Site Permissions list
  5. Click the Members link to view the list of members and verify that it is currently empty.Members list

    Note that when you view a SharePoint group's membership list, the Quick Launch menu is modified to provide links to the other SharePoint groups for easy access.

  6. Click the Excel Services Viewers link in the Quick Launch menu to view its members and verify that it is currently empty.Viewers list
  7. Click the Visitors link in the Quick Launch menu to view its members and verify that Wilbur Whipple is a member. Visitors list
  8. Click the Owners link in the Quick Launch menu to view its members and verify it contains your account.Owners list

    These accounts were added during the creation of the root site and site collection. The accounts might be different in your installation.

  9. Navigate back to the original view of all the groups and the PERMISSIONS toolbar.

    Note that you could alternatively click the Groups link or the More... link in the Quick Launch to view the People and Groups: All Groups list. One downside to this view is it does not provide you the PERMISSIONS toolbar.

    1. Click the Settings menu link and then select the Site settings link from the available options. Site Actions menu
    2. Click the Site permissions link on the Site Settings page. Site Settings.
  10. Create a new SharePoint group.
    1. Click the Create Group link button from the PERMISSIONS toolbar. Permission Tools toolbar
    2. Enter Designers in the Name field of the Create Group form.New Group form
    3. Leave the owner user set to your account.New Group form

      Note that we can only have one entry for the Owner, but we can switch the user for a group.

    4. Leave the default options set in the Group Settings region.New Group form
    5. Leave the default options set in the Membership Requests region.New Group form
    6. Select the Design option in the Give Group Permission to this Site region and click the Create button to complete the process.New Group form

      The Design permission has more site level permissions than the Contribute level but less than the Full Control level. Later in this lesson, you will learn about Permission Levels.

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