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How do I create a Document Library with Upload and Download only permissions in SharePoint Online?

I do not want the users to be able to edit online, unless they save the file (download the file) to their local computer and then have the ability to upload.

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Yes, you could create the custom permission level and grant the custom permission in the document library.

You could create the custom permission level as below:

List Permissions: Add Items, View Items and Open Items.

Site Permission: View Pages, Open.

Then use the unique permission in the document library and grant the user with the custom permission level.

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You can achieve this type of requirement by Creating custom level permission and Breaking Inheritance on Document Library.

Create a permission level:

Create custom permission level by checking check boxes of Add Items and View Items. follow below steps:

  • Open the site collection site (the root site not a subsite)
  • Go to site setting.
  • below Users and Permission > Click on Site Permission.
  • From the above ribbon, > click on permission level to be able to create a new permission level.

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Reference:

  1. How to create and edit permission levels.
  2. Understanding permission levels in SharePoint.

Breaking Inheritance and add permissions using newly created permission level:

Then break the permissions on document library and grant the permissions on this library by using newly created permission level.

Reference:

Customize permissions for a SharePoint list or library.

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If I understood you question correctly, you want to disable online browsing/editing experience of document library.

Disable Office Online (Browser Mode) for a Document Library

Go to the library where you want to change the browser behavior. Click on Gear Icon > Library Settings enter image description here

Choose Advanced Settings

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Under Opening Documents in the Browser, choose Open in the client application button. enter image description here

Click OK

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