How to change Group Member permissions

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How to change permission for members of a group associate with a Library

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  1. Shawn Collins 615 Reputation points

    In Microsoft SharePoint or similar collaborative platforms, libraries (document repositories) often have permissions tied to groups. Changing the permissions for a group associated with a library is essential when managing access control. Here's a step-by-step guide to changing permissions for a group associated with a SharePoint library:

    Step-by-Step Guide

    Navigate to the SharePoint Site:

    Open the SharePoint site that contains the library for which you want to change permissions.

    Access Library Settings:

    Navigate to the library in question.

    Look for the "Settings" or "Library Settings" option. You might need to access it through a gear icon or a menu bar.

    Manage Library Permissions:

    Within the library settings, find "Permissions" or "Library Permissions."

    This is where you can view and manage groups with access to the library.

    Identify the Group to Modify:

    Review the list of groups and their associated permissions.

    Find the group you want to change permissions for.

    Edit Group Permissions:

    Select the group to view its current permissions.

    You can usually change the permissions by modifying the group's access level. Common levels are:

    Read: Allows members to view and download documents.

    Edit: Allows members to view, edit, and delete documents.

    Contribute: Similar to Edit, but with additional permissions like creating new items.

    Full Control: Grants full administrative control over the library.

    Select the desired permission level for the group.

    Apply Changes:

    After selecting the new permission level, save your changes.

    The new permissions should take effect immediately.

    Test Access:

    To ensure the permissions are applied correctly, test access with a member of the group.

    Confirm that they can perform the desired actions (view, edit, etc.) and not restricted ones.

    Communicate Changes:

    If necessary, inform group members about the changes to avoid confusion or disruptions in workflow.


    Always exercise caution when modifying permissions. Granting excessive access can compromise data security.

    If you're working within an organization, ensure you have the proper authorization to change permissions.

    If the permission structure is complex, consider using a permission matrix or consulting with an IT or SharePoint administrator to avoid conflicts.

    Next Steps

    a. Review SharePoint documentation or your platform's equivalent to understand the implications of different permission levels.

    b. If there are recurring permission issues, consider reviewing the broader permissions structure for your site or organization.

    c. For complex permissions scenarios, look into advanced permission management tools or consult with a SharePoint expert for guidance.

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