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My question is essentially the title. I have a requirement to restrict people from viewing the base excel workbook due to potentially sensitive information. However, I need to be able to display certain named parts from the workbook via and Excel Web Access web part. Would a user without read permissions on the excel file be able to see the view specified by the web part, or do they need read access to view?

  • they need read access to the file – Eric Alexander Feb 20 '15 at 17:55
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If they do not have SP-read permissions to the .xlsx file, then EWA will not show it to them either.

The only idea I can think of is to make an extract of the "safe data" and show that in EWA.

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  • That is a bummer. That is what I was guessing, that we will just need to "scrub" the sensitive information (such as names). Thanks! – bmartin Feb 20 '15 at 19:11

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