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On this link it mentioned the following about the Edit, Contribute & Read permission levels:-

- Edit:- Add, edit, and delete lists; view, add, update, and delete list items and documents.

- Contribute:- View, add, update, and delete list items and documents.

-Read:- Add, edit, and delete items in existing lists and document libraries. By default, this permission level is assigned to the Members group.

It seems that “Edit” permission level provides the ability to manage Lists , while the “Contribute” and “Read” enable users to only manage items in existing lists. But I cannot figure out what are the differences between Contribute & Read in this case, as for me they seem to be similar ?

Can anyone advice?

Best Regards

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the definition for Read doesn't look right. What is the URL for this information? – Dave Wise Apr 23 '13 at 13:07… – john G Apr 23 '13 at 14:02
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Permission level "Read" doesn't include add/edit/delete permissions. Check this link for more information

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yes this make more sensee but in this offical link… it says something different – john G Apr 23 '13 at 14:05
Technet is also an official link. Your link is specific to SharePoint Online, which looks like it has some differences from the defaults for on-premise SharePoint, though the read line is probably an error. Also, most of the permission levels can be customized from the defaults, so there could be differences in your environment. – lgaud Apr 23 '13 at 14:13

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