Enable Anonymous Access in SharePoint 2010

Here are 8 simple steps on how to set up anonymous access in SharePoint 2010 It is not much different then SharePoint 2007 set up, the only difference is the GUI or the Ribbon.

1. Starting in Central Administration, under Application Management, click on the Manage web applications.

Anonymous Access Set Up Step 1

2. Make sure you select the site you want to enable anonymous access and click on the Authentication Providers icon.
Anonymous Access Set Up Step 2

3. On the Authentication Providers pop-up window click on the Default zone.
Anonymous Access Set Up Step 3

4. Under Edit Authentication, check Enable anonymous access and click Save.
Anonymous Access Set Up Step 4

5. Going back to Web Application Management click on the Anonymous Policy icon.
Anonymous Access Set Up Step 5

6. Under Anonymous Access Restrictions select your Zone and set the Permissions to None – No policy and click Save.
Anonymous Access Set Up Step 6

7. Now, web application will allow anonymous access to be set. So, navigate to your top level site collection for the web application. Click the Site Actions > Site Settings. Under Users and Permissions click Site permissions.
Anonymous Access Set Up Step 7

8. Under Permission Tools, click Anonymous Access icon and set the permissions to Entire Web site and click OK.
Anonymous Access Set Up Step 8
Anonymous Access Set Up Step 8

Anonymous Access Set Up

That’s all, folks! If you followed these steps properly you should have now Anonymous Access enabled.

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