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Cannot browse through folders RRS feed

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  • We have several sites within a Sharepoint 2007 farm with document libraries. We give access to users to particular folders several levels down. That means they can edit docs in that folder or below but nothing above. The user would go to the site homepage and then browse/traverse through the folders to get to the folder they have edit access to and then edit their docs. In effect they get edit acess to that folder and 'limited access' to everything above.

    This works 99% of the time. However, in a few cases we find that a user goes to the site homepage and sees the top level but then cannot see other folders below hence the user cannot browse through to the required folder. When we check, the user has correct permissions of 'limited access' all the way down to the required folder and the required folder has edit access.

    We cant figure out why this happens and why some users cannot see higher-level folders.

    Tuesday, October 6, 2015 7:51 AM

All replies

  • Be careful when thinking about 'limited access'. Consider the following scenario:  Let's say the document library inherits permissions from the site. You have a folder in the document library, also inheriting permissions from the site. Within the document library, you have a list of documents. You take one of those documents and break the permissions inheritance, granting User A full access to the document. User A now shows up when you look at the permissions on the Folder and Document Library as having 'limited access'. User A in fact does not have access to the Folder or Document Library. 'Limited Access' is telling you that User A has access to something below that level. User A would need a link directly to that document in this case.  In order to navigate from the site itself to the document as opposed to clicking a direct link to the document, User A would need read-rights to the folder, document library, and site. 

    If you are seeing some cases where this isn't behaving exactly according to this scenario, remember that when you break permissions inheritance it creates a copy of the permissions from that point in time and then you modify the permissions. The second link below goes into that scenario more closely. 

    For more information you can check out: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/What-is-permissions-inheritance-06bb1ed1-d150-42f4-9600-fb261d4b590c

    http://sharepointserved.blogspot.com/2011/05/limited-access-permission-in-sharepoint.html


    Friday, October 16, 2015 2:59 PM