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Restrict user group with READ permission from opening a document

  Asked By: David    Date: Feb 05    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 2722

I have a document library with several documents inside it. I want users to be
able to see the metadata but I don't want users to be able to actually open up
the document and read what's in that document.

I create a group and gave Read permission to this document library. However,
how do i restrict this group with Read permission from opening up the document



2 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Karan Hosagrahara     Answered On: Feb 05

Sorry, but you can't keep people from downloading copies of documents  and
still give them access to the metadata  of the library  unless you install
rights management server. The document  is stored as an attachment and is
therefore metadata. So if you have enough security to see the metadata then
you can read  the document.

Answer #2    Answered By: Elise Weber     Answered On: Feb 05

You can use another list for metadata  , e.g. you have a document  lib doclib
A with 3 metadata columns (name,author,date). Then u can accomplish readonly
list in this way “

1. Create a list say LIST A with same columns (name,author,date , or any
other optional columns). as in doc lib doclib A

2. Attach a Item added/updated/deleted event handler on your doc lib
doclib A . and insert/update/delete item in LIST A (only metadata fields)

3. Give readonly access on LIST A and remove permission  from doclib