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SharePoint Online Permissions

Overview of SharePoint Online’s “out-of-the-box” permissions:

Permission Restricted View Read Contribute Edit Design Full Control
Can view pagesYesYesYesYesYes Yes
Can view list items
and documents
YesYesYesYes Yes Yes
Download documentsNoYesYesYes Yes Yes
Can add, update
and delete list items
and documents
NoNoYesYes Yes Yes
Can add, edit and
delete lists
NoNoNoYes Yes Yes
Can approve
and customize
NoNoNoNoYes Yes
Has full controlNoNoNoNoNoYes

SharePoint Online permissions, listed in reverse order:

  • Restricted View
    View pages and documents, but not historical versions or user permissions
  • Read
    View pages and items in existing lists and document libraries and download documents
  • Contribute
    View, add, update, and delete list items and documents
  • Edit
    Add, edit, and delete lists; view, add, update, and delete list items and documents. By default, this permission level is assigned to the Members group
  • Design
    Create lists and document libraries, edit pages and apply themes, borders, and style sheets on the site. There is no SharePoint group that is assigned this permission level automatically
  • Full Control
    Contains all available SharePoint permissions. By default, this permission level is assigned to the Owners group. It can’t be customized or deleted.

For more information, see Microsoft pages: