In past versions of SharePoint, it was extremely difficult to locate the various levels in which permission inheritance was broken within a site. SharePoint 2010 has made it easier to both locate and manage these instances of broken inheritance.
Permission inheritance in SharePoint looks like the following:
§ Folders / Document Sets
Permission inheritance can broken at any point in this hierarchy. To find the instances of broken inheritance and easily manage them, do the following:
At the site level:
· Select Site Actions à Site Permissions
· If inheritance has been broken on the site, you will see an “yellow/orange” bar running across the top of the page, with the words written as follows:
o Some content on this site has unique permissions which are not controlled from this page. Show me uniquely secured content
· Click the link à Show me uniquely secured content
· A dialog will pop up showing the lists or libraries containing the exceptions
· To view the list or library, click its name.
· To manage the permissions, click the Manage Permissions link next to the appropriate list or library.
o If there are unique permissions within the list or library, you will again see the “yellow/orange” bar stating additional “uniquely secured content.”
o Follow the steps above to manage the unique permissions at the folder or item/document level.