Jesper M. Christensen

SharePoint and Security

SharePoint 2010 Foundation: Cannot change “My Settings” of a user

I was on a project creating an extranet using Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 and ran into this problem: The users could not edit their own name. This was a bit annoying as they logged in using their Microsoft LiveID account, and this had a name like this:

The edit-button was actually just gone:


When I logged on as a Site Collection Administrator he edit-option was visible:


Actually this was because users do not have the correct permissions to the web application. As I did not want the users to have too many rights. I added a new permission policy in Central Administration, Web Applications for the web application:


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Grant the users that should have this opportunity the permission policy by adding their security group on the web applications User Policy:



8 responses to “SharePoint 2010 Foundation: Cannot change “My Settings” of a user

  1. jespermchristensen June 30, 2011 at 20:28

    Also another “fun” thing is:

    If the user has not contributed with anything in SharePoint 2010, settings such as name and e-mail is not shown even if this information has been changed. Simply make the use contribute with something (announcement, document or list item) and the user object is activated in the site collection.

    This can be done programmatically also though.

  2. Daniel September 15, 2011 at 13:37

    When you Make the changes you suggest on our SharePoint Server 2010, it actually pre-select these. I just wondered if there are any unintended side-effects in giving our users these new permissions.

    Browse User Information – View information about users of the Web site.

    Open – Allows users to open a Web site, list, or folder in order to access items inside that container.

    Edit Personal User Information – Allows a user to change his or her own user information, such as adding a picture.



    • jespermchristensen September 16, 2011 at 07:39

      Hi Daniel,

      Obviously you give the users these permissions you mention. If you are a company that have an external collaboration portal for customers you wouldn’t normally give the permission to let these everyone else user information – as they can see all other companies you deal with.

      Please test and check that you have the whished effect after you make the changes with users in different SharePoint permission levels.

      Hope this will answer your question

  3. edson January 30, 2012 at 23:03

    I did the changes but it does not work, I only work in central administration.
    You have to restart any services

  4. Brett Anderson February 4, 2012 at 02:07

    When I add this permission to the User Policy it give users the Site Actions – View All Site Content button on a Team Site.

    • Brien Malone January 4, 2013 at 19:41

      @Brett — that is the experience I had, too. No ability to edit personal settings, but now users can view all site content. That is a side effect of the additional checks mentioned by @Daniel above.

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