Anonymous Access Permissions settings are disabled (grayed out)

24 באוגוסט 2010

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This is something that drove me nuts – I wanted to make a list that allowed anonymous users to create items, but won’t allow those users to view them. I know, it’s not the most frequent request, but I had it, and I really needed it.

First, Let me explain how I intended to implement this request:
SharePoint has tow ways to controls list item’s permissions. One is the familiar permission management page, which allow us to select users or groups, and assign them permissions. The other, is a couple of option in the “Advanced Settings” page (of the list), which allows us to set a general item level policy for items in the list.

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I wanted to use a combination of the tow:

  • Permissions – Obviously,  anonymous users needed to have “Create” permission in order to create those list items.
  • Policy – I wanted to block users from viewing each other’s postings.

First I went to the advanced settings page, and set the required policy that I wanted. Then I went to the manage permissions page, and clicked the anonymous permissions button.

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As you can see – All options was disabled:

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It turns out, these anonymous permissions cannot be set while item level policy is active. It doesn’t mean that it won’t work, just that it cannot be set.

So, in order to work around this issue (bug?), simply perform your actions in the opposite order. That is, first, set anonymous permissions through the permissions management page, and only then set item level policy through the advanced settings page.

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  1. Karin15 בספטמבר 2011 ב 1:39

    Itay, thanks for this post. It was just what I was looking for. The survey is now working on our external website. I have one more question. Even though I can now respond to the survey the following message is still showing

    'Access denied. You do not have permission to perform this action or access this resource.'

    Any idea on how to fix this

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  2. Kat Tan8 במאי 2013 ב 22:59

    Thanks for this post. Very helpful.

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  3. Julie Hogge4 בנובמבר 2013 ב 13:24

    Thanks so much! This was mind boggling until I found your blog. I locked it down first in the advanced settings so I couldn't figure out why I couldn't open it up to anonymous, now I do.

    Again, thank you!

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