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I have a customer that asked me if is possible to limit authorization to a single library for some users. He wants them to just read the files in the library but to forbid downloading them. I couldn't find any option for that.

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"Read" as in "View the contents of the file"? What kind of files is the customer storing in that library? – Paul Strupeikis Jan 19 at 10:56
Docx, xlsx and pdf. and Yes, "read" as "view the contents". – Emilio Rinaudo Jan 19 at 11:22
doesn't 'view only' permission prevent downloads? – russellg Jan 20 at 0:58
If only it were so simple... I would not have asked. – Emilio Rinaudo Jan 21 at 14:25

Out of the box, this isn’t possible. You can, however, restrict both download and printing with Information Rights Management for all users, but not for a group of users. And since there is a snipping tool and a print screen function on all operating systems, users can with a little effort still get the content of document and save it somewhere else. So this doesn’t make your document content protected, just less vulnerable.


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+1 , adding msdn link , may help – Bhaskar Dhone Jan 19 at 11:43
I'll Try the proposed solutions this 'noon. =D thx – Emilio Rinaudo Jan 19 at 12:25
Often, such requirements are not about technically making it impossible, but about making sure that users understand that such downloading and storing is, by policy, deprecated. – rackandboneman Jan 19 at 13:37

You won't be able to do that even if you disable the "Download a copy" button. If a customer can open files in a client application like Word or any kind of PDF viewer, that user will be able to save the files from there.

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