Like the title describes I have a user who is assigned full permissions but when I click on on the user groups I get a permissions error "You do not have permission to view the membership of the group".

  • I am seeing two groups as Full Control. For example, Group 1 and Group 2 are both full control. The people that should be full control are in Group 1. If I remove Group two, the people in Group 1 are not able to update permissions. How can I make SharePoint know that Group 1 is the owner (and true full control) group?
    – Geri
    Sep 25, 2019 at 20:39

3 Answers 3


This is probably due to the group being owned by a singular person. Check the group settings for the ownership and change it to the site/collection owner group preferrably so any owners can manage the group.

  • That's a good suggestion, but the specific user could normally access that in the past, I'll have a look but I don't think that's the problem.
    – Harry
    May 24, 2012 at 14:55

Go to:

Site Actions -> Site Settings -> People and Groups -> [From the list of the left, select the group which you want] -> Settings -> Group Settings -> Make sure that "Who can view the membership of the group?" is set to "Everyone" -> Make sure that "Who can edit the membership of the group?" is set to "Group Members"

  • I love your answer. 1) Thank you even posting your answer and 2) Thank you for posting in an clear way. You are awesome. Thank you!!!
    – user29672
    Jun 13, 2014 at 23:14
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    Glad I could help out! Jun 14, 2014 at 17:22

Step 1: Create a group with Full Control permission level (for example, name is Group1). Let's say Group2 is the group that needs users to be added/removed.

Step 2: Under Group Settings, add Group1 as the Group Owner of Group2 (this is possible). Now all members of Group1 will be able to add/remove users to/from Group2.

Hope this makes sense.

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