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When edting permission level at Sharepoint the Design level has the 'approval' option with the 'edit site' enabled. By default when I click at approval option, it automatic checks the edit box, even if I try to create another permission level. Is there any option for just allow approving?

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Permission Level Approve includes Edit and approve pages, list items, and documents for publishing sites only.

Contribute permissions, plus Approve Items

So you can't restrict approvers from editing a list item. http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc721640%28v=office.15%29.aspx

  • Can user having "edit" permission on task list item can approve or reject the approval request ?? – user27178 Apr 21 '17 at 8:35
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Not OOB. Approving an item changes values within the item, and so therefore approvers need edit access. It would be possible for a developer to build a SharePoint solution or app that could run with elevated privileges and approve items.

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