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Overview of Salesforce.com Permission Sets

This resource is currently technically accurate but has been marked to receive an update to improve clarity.

Objectives for this Resource:

Whereas the profile is used to set the foundation for a user’s privileges, permission sets are optionally used to extend a user’s privileges.

Permission sets can drastically reduce the number of custom profiles required in an org.

Two common use cases:

1. One-off cases where a user needs privileges not granted by their profile (e.g. extending the delete leads permission to one inside sales team, while the rest of the team cannot delete leads).

2. Extending privileges to users that are assigned different profiles (e.g. access to a 3rd party application).


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