SharePoint – Difference between Item level Permission and Item level Security

December 1, 2017

Recently I discovered that in SharePoint there is a difference between Item Level Security and Item Level Permissions.

1. Item level Security

This is the one everyone knows…

You can set user security on each individual doc. in a library or a record in a list.

2. Item Level Permission

For Document libraries you can only modify this using PowerShell (or .NET)

In my opinion this has less performance impact than the Item level Security.

But of course it serves a different purpose too…

So depending on what you need I would definitely consider this option.

Here are the different options :

•    1 = All users can modify all items.
•    2 = Users can modify only items that they create.
•    4 = Users cannot modify any list item.

•    1 = All users have Read access to all items.
•    2 = Users have Read access only to items that they create.

Example :


if((Get-PSSnapin | Where {$_.Name -eq "Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell"}) -eq $null)
	Add-PSSnapin Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell;

$web = Get-SPWeb -Identity http://YourSP

$list = $web.Lists["Documents"]

"Read Security = " +  $list.ReadSecurity 
"Write Security = " + $list.WriteSecurity

For SharePoint lists you can just use the GUI :


Enjoy !