On a regular basis I have clients tell me that they don’t have rights to edit a list item. On further investigation it is quite clear that they do have the necessary rights they just don’t see the edit menu on the view that you, or another administrator has made available to them.
This usually happens in SharePoint implementations where sites are created off of a template. This template has views that present data with the edit menu shown below.
When users don’t see this menu they think they don’t have rights. The user is confused simply because you are displaying this field with the “Name linked to document” instead of “Name (linked to document with edit menu)”.
All you need to do in this case is edit the view that presents this data to the user. In the example below I show how to edit the current view but I recommend you update an underlying view and then apply that view to the web-part in question.
Step 1 – Modify the Shared Web Part
Step 2 – Select “Edit the current view”
Step 3 – Check the column “Name (linked to document with edit menu)”
Ulysses Ludwig is a SharePoint architect with over 16 years in the IT and computer industry. Ulysses' primary focus is SharePoint but he dabbles in the latest web technologies and likes to develop software in his spare time.