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I have a customer that asked me if is possible to limit authorization to a single library for some users. He wants them to just read the files in the library but to forbid downloading them. I couldn't find any option for that.

  • "Read" as in "View the contents of the file"? What kind of files is the customer storing in that library? – Paul Strupeikis Jan 19 '16 at 10:56
  • Docx, xlsx and pdf. and Yes, "read" as "view the contents". – Emilio Rinaudo Jan 19 '16 at 11:22
  • doesn't 'view only' permission prevent downloads? – russellg Jan 20 '16 at 0:58
  • If only it were so simple... I would not have asked. – Emilio Rinaudo Jan 21 '16 at 14:25
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Out of the box, this isn’t possible. You can, however, restrict both download and printing with Information Rights Management for all users, but not for a group of users. And since there is a snipping tool and a print screen function on all operating systems, users can with a little effort still get the content of document and save it somewhere else. So this doesn’t make your document content protected, just less vulnerable.

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You won't be able to do that even if you disable the "Download a copy" button. If a customer can open files in a client application like Word or any kind of PDF viewer, that user will be able to save the files from there.

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