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If I look at the site permissions of a site I can see that some people have both Full Control and Limited Access. The two seem to contradict each other. How can someone have Full Control yet also have Limited Access?

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It's just how SharePoint displays permissions. It means that the user has permissions to an object with custom permissions. At the same time, the user is a member of a site group or possesses individual permissions that provide full control permissions. SharePoint will provide the user with the least-restrictive permission set available for that object.

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Interesting. Thanks! –  Corbett Sep 16 '10 at 20:40

Just because a user has Full Control permissions does not guarantee blanket access. Only Site Collection Admin has that. Full Control users and groups can still be subject to actions that result in the Limited Access designation.

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