A full control owner can manage team site permissions for the team site as well as the libraries and the lists within the site.

Permission Inheritance

When a site is created, Permission Inheritance allows permissions to cascade down from the parent site, which is your team site at the top level.

These permissions work their way down through all the sub‑sites (also called child sites) that you may have. The same permissions also apply to every library and list under the parent or sub‑site, including every document and item within the site.

Permission Inheritance diagram

The following image shows the inherited permissions in GREEN, all the way through to every sub‑site, library, and list.

Stop Inheriting Permissions

Stop Inheriting Permissions means that anything after the break, will no longer inherit permissions from the parent site.

When a full control owner has added, modified, or removed a member from the parent site, it will not be reflected in the sub‑sites, libraries, or lists where the inheritance was stopped.

Stopping inheritance of parent permissions is a very useful tool in SharePoint:

  • Allows greater control over who can view information in the library or list.
  • Permits different permission levels for different members.
  • Allows creation of libraries with content specific to smaller groups.
  • Allows lists that contain separate information for specific needs.
  • Ensures that sensitive documentation remains available only to those involved in the project.

Stop Inheriting Permissions diagram

The following image shows the stopped inheritance of permissions in RED, all the way through from the sub‑site, list, and to the items within. The remainder of the permissions are GREEN since they are still inheriting from the parent.

NOTE: Although very useful in your team site, you should be mindful of your permissions and adjust them accordingly.

Refer to Provide Team Site permissions for instructions on how to provide access to your team site.

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