Here is the permission settings of my user:

  • Site: Limited access
  • Library: Limited access
  • Document Set (inside library): Full Control.

Issue: When accessing directly the document library, the user is unable to upload documents in the document library. He can see the documents but all the controls are disabled. Now If I give 'Read/View Only' permission at sub-site level, he is able to upload documents in the document set.

'Read/View Only' permission at site or library level is not an ideal solution for me.

What am I missing? Why unique permission is not working?

Below is the image of my site page library. There is no document set interface page in it enter image description here

  • Just go to check permission in site settings and check the permissions of the users. i think some other permission is conflicting with your permissions Sep 16, 2016 at 12:22
  • no where it is conflicting..We have already checked the settings. the permissions are as it is mentioned in my question Sep 16, 2016 at 12:27
  • I deleted my answer because I created this scenario on my Test farm and got the results you expected. I cannot duplicate your issue.
    – Jammin4CO
    Sep 19, 2016 at 14:23
  • Can you check to see if someone added permissions to the permission level of "View Only/Read Only"? Also why do you have Full Control for the document set whenever you don't want them to upload? Not sure I understood that.
    – Mike
    Sep 19, 2016 at 17:17
  • No the permission level of View Read only is intact..it is the same what SharePoint provides. I am setting unique permission to a document set.. only selected users can have full control over that document set. Sep 20, 2016 at 5:55

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I had a similar issue. I create a custom permission level.

In this custom permission level I only checked the following under "Site permissions":

1.Use Remote Interfaces - Use SOAP, Web DAV, the Client Object Model or SharePoint Designer interfaces to access the Web site.
2.Open - Allows users to open a Web site, list, or folder in order to access items inside that container.

I set this custom permission level to my desired group. Afterwards, the group could access and open office documents in the library/document set, however they couldn't browse the site.

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