SPSecurityTrimmedControl or "How to hide stuff from people"

Posted by Genady Vaisman on 3/9/2011 | Development


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This convenient control has been around since the old good MOSS days, but was never given enough attention..

So i would like to explain what it is good for and how you can use it in your site.

SPSecurityTrimmedControl will basically hide all its content from users that won't meet a given security definition.

Unlike the previous solutions (style.display='none'...), the content will be hidden on the server side!

For Example: recently i was asked to show the top ribbon only to users with Manage rights.

What i did, was:

Open the site's Master Page in SharePoint Designer

Find a div with id= s4-ribbonrow, its content is actually the top ribbon

Wrap this div with a SPSecurityTrimmedControl, like this:



Useful attributes of the control:

  • PermissionContext - against which user permissions will be tested

(possible values: CurrentSite, CurrentList, CurrentFolder, CurrentItem or RootSite)

  • PemissionMode - does the user have to meet all role definitions or just one of them

(possible values: All or Any)

  • PermissionsString - what permissions does the user need to see the content - can enter some values separated by comma

(possible values are from the enumeration SPBasePermissions:



AddAndCustomizePages, ApplyThemeAndBorder,ApplyStyleSheets,ViewUsageData,CreateSSCSite,

ManageSubwebs,CreateGroups, ManagePermissions,BrowseDirectories,BrowseUserInfo,AddDelPrivateWebParts,

UpdatePersonalWebParts,ManageWeb, UseClientIntegration,UseRemoteAPIs,ManageAlerts,CreateAlerts,


  • AuthenticationRestrictions - allows to differ between authenticated and anonymous users

(possible values: AllUsers, AuthenticatedUsersOnly, AnonymousUsersOnly)

save, check-in, publish and there you go!


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