Take ownership of a site collection

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To complete some site collection administrative tasks, you must have ownership credentials for the site collection (for example, to restore items that are in a site collection's Recycle Bin).

You can take ownership of a site collection to perform administrative tasks, but it is important to restore ownership of the site collection to the original owner after you have completed the task that necessitated taking ownership.

The action of changing ownership of sites is logged in the Security log in Event Viewer.

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Take ownership of a site collection

Restore ownership of a site collection

Take ownership of a site collection

  1. On the top navigation bar, click Application Management.

  2. On the Application Management page, in the SharePoint Site Management section, click Site Collection Administrators.

  3. If the selected site is not the site for which you want to take ownership, on the Site Collection Administrators page, on the Site Collection menu in the Site Collection section, click Change Site Collection.

    1. In the Select Site Collection dialog box, select the site that you want to take ownership of.

    2. Click OK.

  4. In either the Primary site collection administrator user name box or the Secondary site collection administrator user name box, enter the user name of the user who will take ownership.

    Tip: If there is no secondary site collection administrator, add the user name of the user who will take control to that role. If there is a secondary site collection administrator, take ownership of either the primary collection administrator role or the secondary collection administrator role.

  5. Click OK.

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Restore ownership of a site collection

  1. On the top navigation bar, click Application Management.

  2. On the Application Management page, in the SharePoint Site Management section, click Site Collection Administrators.

  3. If the selected site is not the site for which you want to restore ownership, on the Site Collection menu in the Site Collection section, click Change Site Collection.

    1. In the Select Site Collection dialog box, select the site collection for which you want to restore ownership.

    2. Click OK.

  4. In either the Primary site collection administrator user name box or the Secondary site collection administrator user name box, enter the original user name.

  5. Click OK.

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