SharePoint Roles & Permission Levels

SharePoint offers default and custom permission levels to better manage user roles on specific sites. Below is a breakdown of common out-of-the-box permission levels and their intended roles. 

Permission Level 



  • Read and download site content 
  • Browse site content 
  • Search site content 
  • Request higher access level 


  • All rights and responsibilities of the above role 
  • Create and edit site content 
  • No access to any secure areas of the site 


  • All rights and responsibilities of the above roles 
  • Administer permissions 


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