Enable Anonymous Users to Add New List Items in SharePoint

Problem: Add items greyed out for Anonymous access users. We got to enable anonymous users to add  list Items in a SharePoint list.


By default, Add/Edit/Edit access is disabled for anonymous users. They are granted only with “Read” access. But for a “Contact Us / Feedback” list in our public SharePoint site, we had to enable the anonymous users to submit their questions and feedback (add new list items). 

sharepoint 2013 anonymous access add items greyed out

So, How to enable Anonymous users to add list items in SharePoint? Follow these steps:

  • Go to the list settings >> Permissions for this list
  • Click on “Stop Inheriting Permissions” from the Permissions tab of the Ribbon. 
  • You’ll see the “Anonymous Access” Icon appearing on the ribbon. Click on that.
  • Enable “Add Items – Add Items to lists” check box and click “Ok”
     sharepoint 2013 anonymous access add items
  • Here is the result in action
     sharepoint anonymous access add list item

Now, anonymous access users can add list items in SharePoint!

Salaudeen Rajack

Salaudeen Rajack is a SharePoint Architect with Two decades of SharePoint Experience. He loves sharing his knowledge and experiences with the SharePoint community, through his real-world articles!

One thought on “Enable Anonymous Users to Add New List Items in SharePoint

  • January 23, 2017 at 2:44 AM

    While ananymous user adding item to the list, I get security validation error. How can I get rid of this error?


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