How to enable anonymous access on a SharePoint site or lists and libraries.

As in all versions, it is possible to configure SharePoint sites to be accessed by anonymous users. I will show the steps needed to configure this on SharePoint 2013.

1. Go to Central Administration on your SharePoint environment. Under the “Application Management” section, click the “Manage web applications” link.

2. Select the web application you want anonymous access on and press the “Authentication providers” button in the Ribbon above. A modal dialog showing the authentication providers available per zone is displayed. In a basic scenario only the “Default” zone is listed, however typically, the Internet zone is the only zone you would configure for anonymous access.

3. Click the “Default” link. A new modal dialog will be displayed. Check the “Enable anonymous access” option and press the “Save” button at the bottom.

4. Navigate to one of the site collections you have created under the configured web application and go to “Configure -> Site Settings”. Under the “Users and permissions” section, click the “Site Permissions” link.

5. As you can see, SharePoint 2013’s Ribbon displays an “Anonymous Access” button that allows you to configure how anonymous users can access to the site.
Press the “Anonymous Access” button in the Ribbon so the related configuration modal dialog is shown. You have three options, which speak for themselves.

6. If you enabled this for lists and libraries, you might need to add a new list or library in order to inherit the permissions.

Enable anonymous access for individual lists

If you select Lists and libraries, enable anonymous access for individual lists.
Enable anonymous access for individual lists
Go to the home page of your Web site and, in the left navigation pane, click View All Site Content.
Click the list on which you want to enable anonymous access.
On the Settings menu, click List Settings.
On the Customize List page, in the Permissions and Management section, click Permissions for this list.
On the Permissions page, on the Actions menu, click Edit Permissions. A dialog box is displayed informing you that you are about to create unique permissions for this list. Click OK.
On the Settings menu, click Anonymous Access.
Select permissions for users who have anonymous access to the list, and then click OK.

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