Organization Wide Default

Organization Wide Default (OWD) Sharing Settings in Salesforce

In this blog, we will be discussing OWD. So, let's take a look at what OWD stands for, as we know that OWD stands for Organization-Wide Default. These are the baseline settings in Salesforce. They specify which records can be accessed by which user and in which mode. 

Some of the specifications of OWD are:

  1. These settings can be overridden using the sharing rules. 
  2. Only one user can exist in one profile. 
  3. Only a single role can be assigned to a specific user. 

Salesforce Security

Object Level Access  Profiles 
Permission Set   

Profiles and Permission Sets give the desired level of access to the object 

Record Level Access  Organization-Wide Default 
Role Hierarchy   
Sharing Rules   

Record Level Access in Salesforce can be done by OWD, Role Hierarchy and Sharing rules. 

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Points to be Noted in OWD: 

  1. Profiles provide baseline access. 
  2. Nothing can be granted more access than profiles. 
  3. Organization-Wide Defaults are the most restrictive settings in SFDC. 
  4. Role Hierarchy and sharing rules are used to give access to records we do not own. 

OWD settings provide the most restrictive settings which can be opened up by role hierarchy and these role hierarchies are to be opened up by sharing rules. 

And all these factors are responsible for record-level visibility in Salesforce. 

Now moving to permission sets, there are four permissions in sharing rule which are as follows: 

  1. Private 
  2. Public Read 
  3. Read/Write 
  4. Read/Write & Transfer 

Let’s discuss them in brief:

  • Private – In private the owner can only access. 
  • Public Read – In public read every user can read and edit the data. 
  • Read/write - In read/write similar to public read every user can read and edit the data. 
  • Read/Write and Transfer – A user can read, write and transfer. Here transfer refers to transfer permissions and changes the ownership. 

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To check the object-level permissions we have to go to the profiles and check the standard object permissions there. 

This is all about Organization-Wide Default in Salesforce. 



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