Create/Rename SharePoint group using PowerShell and Browser

In this SharePoint tutorial, we will discuss how to create a SharePoint permission group in SharePoint 2010 and how to rename a SharePoint 2013 group name using the browser and SharePoint PowerShell. This works for SharePoint 2010/2013 and SharePoint 2016.

Rename SharePoint 2013 group

On a site, a site owner wants to rename the “Approver” group name to “HR Approver” as it makes more sense to him.

To rename a SharePoint 2013/2010 user group follow below step:

  • Click on Site Settings gear >> Site permissions >> double click Approvers group.
  • Click on “Group Settings” from Settings Menu.
  • Replace Approvers with the HR Approvers name for your SharePoint permission group.
  • Click on OK to save your changes.

Pretty straightforward, isn’t it?

Rename SharePoint group using PowerShell

Renaming SharePoint groups can be achieved using PowerShell too. Here is my PowerShell script to rename a group in SharePoint 2013.

Add-PSSnapin Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
$SiteURL = "Site url"
$GroupName = "Approvers "
$GroupNewName ="HR Approvers"
#Get site and Group objects
$Site = Get-SPSite $SiteURL
$Group = $Site.RootWeb.SiteGroups[$GroupName]
if($Group -ne $null)
#sharepoint rename permission group
$ = $GroupNewName
#Update the group
Write-host "Group Name has been updated!"
#dispose site object

The target audience cannot resolve the SharePoint group name when renamed.

For example,
There seems to be an issue whenever you try to set certain audiences for Navigation Links (/_layouts/areanavigationsettings.aspx) – The selected SharePoint Groups are automatically removed from audiences when renamed.

Create SharePoint permission group using browser

Now, let us see how to Create SharePoint permission group in SharePoint 2010.

SharePoint 2010 provides different permission groups by default like Members, Owners, Visitors, Viewers, etc. But all SharePoint Administrators can be able to add new SharePoint security groups to SharePoint 2010 site collection.

To create a new group. go to Site Actions -> Site Permissions as shown in the figure below.

create sharepoint group

In this page you can be able to see all the default groups also. And from the ribbon click on Create Group as shown in the figure below to create a group.

create sharepoint 2010 group

This will open the Create New SharePoint Group page. And in this page, Give a name for the group, Description for the group and also the Group owner and the membership of the group like who can view and edit the group as shown in the figure below.

create sharepoint 2010 permission group

And also in the Membership request section, you can do the settings and Give permission to the site is an important section since we are giving permission to the site. You can choose from the list of permissions like Full Control, Design, Contribute, Read, View only, etc. as shown in the figure below, then click on create and our new group will create.

how to create sharepoint group

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This SharePoint tutorial, we learned how to create a SharePoint permission group using the browser and how to rename SharePoint group details using PowerShell and browser.