I need to disable item deletion for "users" in one list, but they need to be able to add new items. Any suggestions?

  • So..did you manage to configure this to work? If so, perhaps you could accept one of the answers please.
    – Tally
    Commented Jan 18, 2019 at 10:43

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I'll just expand on Allen Bai's answer - he's right. If you are unfamiliar with how to 'create a custom permission based on Contribute' then reference this link on Microsoft's website.

You need to create a custom group, name it 'Contribute not delete', so that you and others will know what this group is for. As you see in the picture below, the user group 'Contribute' has a collection of permissions - you'll notice that the Contribute group has 'Delete' as a permissions.

The best practise is to create a new group, don't change the default group!

Contribute Permissions

Create new permission

A new permission is actually a collection of individual permissions - but the collection of permissions has a name - this name is the group name. Anyway...go to:

Site settings>Site Permissions>Permission Levels>Add a Permission Level

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What do you select and what should not be selected? To answer this - take a look at the existing 'Contribute' group - make a note of all the individual permissions selected here. You need to select all of the same ones except delete when you create your new group.

Contribute Permissions

For your own peace of mind you might like to ask a friendly user to test that they can create new items, but not delete items.


Create a custom permission level based on Contribute that does not have the Delete Items option selected. Apply this permission level to the list for the desired users.


Create "ContributeNoDelete" Permission. And Create Group with "ContributeNoDelete" permission.

Please see below link to create "ContributeNoDelete" Permission


Please do comment if anything needed from my side.

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