How to give unique permissions to list or document library in SharePoint

This SharePoint tutorial explains, how to give unique permission to list or document library in SharePoint Server 2013/2016 or SharePoint Online.

By default when you create a list or document library it will inherit permission from the parent site, but if you want to give unique permission, then it can be possible without using any code.

There are two things we need to do, first, we need to break the inherited permission and then we need to grant new permission.

Unique permissions to list or document library in SharePoint

Open your site in a browser, then open the particular SharePoint list or library for which you want to give unique permission.

Then go to list settings from the Ribbon. This will open the List Settings page. On this page click on Permission for this list under the Permissions and Management section.

Then from the Ribbon click on Stop Inheriting Permissions from the PERMISSIONS tab as shown in the fig below:

how to give unique permissions in sharepoint 2013

Then it will ask a confirmation dialog box asking you are about to create permission for this document library, click on OK as shown in the fig below:

sharepoint unique permissions

Now from the Ribbon click on Grant Permissions as shown in the fig below:

sharepoint unique permissions document library

This will open a dialog box, Enter the Name or email address, optional description. Then click on SHOW OPTIONS, And there choose whether you want to send an email or now and most importantly from the drop-down list (Select a permission level) choose the permission which you want to assign to the user. See the fig below.

sharepoint unique permissions for list

Done !!!

Disable unique permission in SharePoint

Now suppose you want to revert back that is if you want to delete the unique permissions for the SharePoint list, then from the Ribbon Click on “Delete Unique Permissions” as shown in the fig below:

sharepoint online unique permissions

This will ask a confirmation message saying “you are about to inherit permission from the parent….”. Click on OK.

sharepoint unique permissions for library

Now it’s done, you list now inherit permission from the parent site.

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