We are using SP2013 on-premise. On a site collection there is a document library. There are several users with "Manage Permission" permission. Based on their need, they will change the permission on individual documents (permission inheritance is broken).

However, when they try to share the document to other users, the default permission level choice is always "contribute". Can we change the default choice to be "read only" and the "send email invitation" always off? It is because the permission level part is always hided. User need to click the "SHOW OPTIONS" to see the level choice. Users may grant the contribute permission level by mistake (and send email out).

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  • Did you find a solution? I have similar issue. In my case default value is "Edit" access.
    – Rohit
    Commented Jul 23, 2015 at 7:13
  • Sorry, not yet.
    – Mark L
    Commented Jul 23, 2015 at 7:18

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The alternative to the solution above is to use JS to set the default value. Add the flowing code block to the header section of your masterpage:

<script src="http://code.jquery.com/jquery-1.10.2.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script type="text/javascript">
$(document).ready(function () { 
  • How do you get the role:1073741826 number?
    – Mark L
    Commented Oct 23, 2015 at 1:18
  • @Mark A view source of the popup for two scenarios: Site Owner: <option value="role:1073741826">Can view</option> User: <option value="role:1073741826">Read</option> there will be an option for each role as a user and one other for can edit as a site owner
    – JonesEJ
    Commented Oct 24, 2015 at 13:19
  • @Mark if this solution worked for you please mark as the answer. Let me know if i can help more.
    – JonesEJ
    Commented Oct 25, 2015 at 7:47
  • Thanks. It works. To add more, we may also need: $("#ctl00_PlaceHolderMain_chkSendEmailv15").prop( "checked", false ); and $("#ctl00_PlaceHolderMain_Label_Aclinv_PageWelcomeMessage").text("Invite people to XXX");
    – Mark L
    Commented Oct 26, 2015 at 3:18
  • I am also looking for ways to change behaviour to single page instead of entire site. By modify the Master page I have no choice but change entire site's behaviour.
    – Mark L
    Commented Oct 26, 2015 at 3:19

When you click on the "SHOW OPTIONS", SharePoint shows a drop down that contains Groups and Permission levels in sorted order.

The default permission in Invite people to 'xxx' is the permission of the first group/permission level.

I resolved this issue by creating a "_View Only" group. The underscore ensured that the group is first in the sorted order. You may use any other name, just ensure it is the first group listed.

  • I created a "_view" group. The group is the first in the sorted order. But the default selected group still "Contribute" which is 3rd in the drop-down-list. I tried several different library/document/item and sometimes "Edit" is the default. However I cannot figure out the pattern.
    – Mark L
    Commented Oct 22, 2015 at 2:59

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