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In a Document/Form Library with versioning enabled (SP 2010), it is possible to delete all versions of a particular document/form simply by going to the "Version History" dialog box. This ability obviously could be unwelcome depending on business requirements for retaining sensitive data. How can I restrict the two link buttons to not be available to certain groups using SharePoint permissions or programmatically? Or just hide them in any way?

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You can acheive this functionality by removing "DeleteVersions" permission from the Permission Level of a Group enter image description here

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Can you please specify where these permissions can be found? Library settings? – Ryan Gates Apr 1 '15 at 16:19

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