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In Sharepoint 2007 what is the difference between Edit and Update


I noticed that when setting permission levels in sharepoint 2007 there is perhaps add, view, delete and "update" for one permission level and perhaps "edit" and approve for another, I was wondering what is the difference between "Edit" and "Update"?

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Ingeborg Hawighorst (Microsoft MVP / EE MVE)

8/22/2022 - Mon
Ingeborg Hawighorst (Microsoft MVP / EE MVE)


SharePoint permission levels can be configured and created and called whatever you want. Or what the person who created them wanted to call them. So it's hard to tell what the difference between "Edit" and "Update" is without knowing which actual permissions make up the permission level.

Here is some background on setting up permission levels:

SharePoint comes with a few permission levels pre-defined. But any site administrator can create new permission levels and give them names that they find suitable.

You will need to inspect the permission levels and compare the permissions defined therein to find where "Edit" and "Update" actually differ.

As far as I'm aware, there is no permission called "Update", only one called "Update personal web parts".


cheers, teylyn

Hi Teylyn,

This is what I was referring to,  these are several permissions in sharepoint 2007 they are actually listed next to each other:

Approve - Can edit and approve pages, list items, and documents.

Contribute - Can View, Add, Update and Delete.
Ingeborg Hawighorst (Microsoft MVP / EE MVE)

In this case, Edit and Update can be regarded as synonyms. This is Microsoft. It's not the only inconsistent wording in their products.
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That was what I thought but considering that these permission levels are next to each other why would they do that?

I did a search online and one user mentioned that edit is of course editing the document but that update is not editing but just taking/handling the file and doing what is needed such as moving it.  

Ingeborg Hawighorst (Microsoft MVP / EE MVE)

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