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read-only and read/write access?



I am little confuse about read-only and read/write access record in sharing rules?


what these statements(read-only and read/write) exactly tells. 






These is the difference between read only and read write.


Read Only :    

All users can view and report on records but not edit them. Only the owner, and users above that role in the hierarchy, can edit those records.

For example, Sara is the owner of ABC Corp. Sara is also in the role Western Sales, reporting to Carol, who is in the role of VP of Western Region Sales. Sara and Carol have full read/write access to ABC Corp. Tom (another Western Sales Rep) can also view and report on ABC Corp, but cannot edit it.

Read/Write     All users can view, edit, and report on all records.

For example, if Tom is the owner of Trident Inc., all other users can view, edit, and report on the Trident account. However, only Tom can alter the sharing settings or delete the Trident account.


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Hi , 

In simple term read-only permission will only allow you to "see"  the records but you can not perform any action (edit , delete) 


with read/write you can perform any action you want


Thanks ,


Prafull G.Prafull G.
Correction to Vishal Gupta's reply. With Read/Write you can not perform delete action actually. You can only do view, edit actions.
Naidu SagviNaidu Sagvi
Yes,Prafull is currect.Once check it Gupta garu...