Sharing Access to Hidden Draft Documents in SharePoint 2013

Documents in libraries with draft item security enabled are version controlled and only allow access to draft versions if the user is either part of the approvers group or that user is the original author.

Outside of these specific instances a regular user cannot view drafts which can be an issue for users who have to review or view documents.

Currently the best solution we’ve found to this issue is to first grant Unique Permissions on the specific document, and then to specifically grant approval rights on users who will be part of the review process, once the process has finished unique permissions on the document can be revoked. This process is covered step-by-step below.

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