SharePoint 2013 The guest link

With SharePoint 2013 is it possible to share content with external users! There are two different ways to share content, with and without an user account. Without an user account it is possible to share individual document, but when you need to share a whole site a user account is required. One of the best parts of the feature is that the user does not need a licence to be able to interact with the content.

In this post I will explain how to share a document without an account. In a different post I will explain how to share a whole site using an external user account.


1. Open the document library with the document that needs to be shared.
2. Click on the … and then click on Share.
Share Document
3.  Fill in the email address and select Can Edit or Can View.
4. Deselect Require sign-in and click on Share.
Share Document 1
5. A popup window is shown to inform that the document is being Shared using a guest link.
Shared Using Guestlink
6. The following email is send to the user.
Guest Email
7. Click on the Guest link to open the document.
8. The document will be opened and ready for us.


Guest Reader


5 Replies to “SharePoint 2013 The guest link”

  1. Thanks for your article but it’s only possible with SharePoint Online / Office365 ?
    Rigth ?
    It seems to be impossible with an on premise architecture

  2. Hi there, There’s no doubt that your site could possibly be having browser compatibility problems.

    When I take a look at your blog in Safari, it looks fine
    however, if opening in I.E., it’s got some overlapping issues.

    I simply wanted to provide you with a quick heads up!

    Other than that, great blog!

  3. There is one option at They have built an external share tool that allows users to share documents from on premise.

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