By default, SharePoint does not allow anonymous access.
If anonymous access is desired for the site in general, it must be explicidly
set. Furthermore, even if anonymous access is enabled for the site, it must also
be enabled at the document or list level for each document or list that it is
desired to allow anonymous access to. Additionally, at the document or list
level, the type of anonymous access is specified: add, edit, and/or view. The
following two procedures show how to change anonymous access to your SharePoint
Change Anonymous Access to Entire Site
1. From the main
SharePoint menu, select Site Settings | Go to Site Administration | Manage
anonymous access. This takes you to the “Change Anonymous Access Settings” page.
2. Under “Use this page to allow or deny anonymous users and
authenticated users access to your Web site“, select desired setting. Anonymous
users can access:
- Entire Web site
- Lists and libraries
Note: If the first or second option is selected, anonymous access still
needs to be enabled at the “Library/List” level. See part 2 of this procedure
“Library/List Level Anonymous Access”. If “Nothing” is selected, then settings
in part 2 of this procedure will have no effect.
1. On the list or library that you wish to change,
choose "Modify settings and columns".
2. Select "Change permissions for
3. Under “Actions” on the left side
panel, select “Change anonymous access”.
4. On the Anonymous Access page,
specify what permissions anonymous users are to have in this library or list.
You can select one or more of the following, or leave them unselected if no
anonymous access is to be allowed (default):
- Add Items - Add items to
lists, add documents to document libraries, add Web discussion comments.
Edit Items - Edit items in lists, edit documents in document libraries, edit Web
discussion comments in documents, and customize Web Part Pages in document
- View Items - View items in lists, documents in document
libraries, view Web discussion comments, and set up e-mail alerts for
Note: For any of the above selections to work, anonymous access
must have been enabled at the site level for either the “Entire Web site” or for
“Lists and libraries”.