so I wanted to add someone to a Sharepoint group (sublist) so I granted them permissions but instead of adding them to the group, I mistakenly granted them directly access to the root web as View Only.

I now gave them access to the subgroup, but how can I change their permission on the root web as Limited Access again?


  • You don't grant Limited Access rights. SharePoint does that for you.
    – psdpainter
    Sep 3, 2020 at 18:56

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Just like psdpainter said, limited access is not a permission level for you to grant. It is only a bridge helps user to go through locations where he/she does not have enough permission and navigates to the specific item which he/she can access.

Quote from MS doc:

it enables a user or group to browse to a site page or library to access a specific content item when they do not have permissions to open or edit any other items in the site or library. This level is automatically assigned by SharePoint when you provide access to one specific item. You cannot assign Limited Access permissions directly to a user or group yourself. Instead, when you assign, edit, or open permissions to the single item, SharePoint automatically assigns Limited Access to other required locations, such as the site or library in which the single item is located."

More information here:https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepoint/understanding-permission-levels?redirectSourcePath=%252fen-us%252farticle%252funderstanding-permission-levels-in-sharepoint-87ecbb0e-6550-491a-8826-c075e4859848

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