I am using SharePoint 2013. I would like to give userA the whole site read permission. I add userA to the usergroup "Readers".

I have many lists in my site. I would like to give userA contributor permissions only to ListA. How can I do this?

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You need to break permission inheritance on the specific list, and then add userA with contributor permissions on the list level.

  1. Open the list that you want to restrict access to.
  2. On the List Tools tab, click List to open the gallery of commands specific to the list.
  3. On the ribbon, click the List Permissions button.

  4. The permissions page for the list opens, with a yellow status bar that explains that the list inherits permission from its parent site.

  5. Click the Stop Inheriting Permissions button.

and then

  1. On the permissions page for the list [step 1-4 above], on the Edit tab, click the Grant Permissions button.
  2. Type the name of the group or the individual you want to grant access to in the Users/Groups box.
  3. Choose the level of permissions you want the group or individuals to have.
  4. Click OK.

Source and more information here

  • this works, but why userA can go to Site Content? He can see all lists items. He dont have contributor permissions to all lists. But is it possible to make it possible to not make it possible to see all Site Content?
    – Ola
    Commented May 7, 2014 at 13:32
  • If it works, please mark it as an answer. Since your use do have read only access to all other content I don not see the problem Commented May 7, 2014 at 13:33
  • yes I know they have read only permissions on all other content. But I would like to avoid it. Is that possible?
    – Ola
    Commented May 7, 2014 at 14:21
  • Not that I'm aware of. Commented May 7, 2014 at 14:44
  • It is possible. In the masterpage you need to find the usercontrol which showing the "Site Content" link. Change PermissionsString="ViewFormPages" to PermissionsString="ManageWeb". Now I can see the link as an site owner and someone with read permission dont see the link.
    – Ola
    Commented May 7, 2014 at 15:05

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