How to enable SharePoint 2010 anonymous access

There are 4 steps involved if you want to enable SharePoint 2010 anonymous access: First you need to enable it on the web application and after that for the site collection, the master pages gallery and the style library.

Web Application

Open Central Administration and go to Application Management > Manage Web Applications and select you web application where you want to enable anonymous access. Click

Edit the authentication providers of your web application.

Select the zone where you want to enable it:

Edit the default zone.

Click to enable anonymous access for the web application:

Enable anonymous access for your web application.

Usually the client integration features are disabled in the same process:

Disable client integration features for your web application.

Site Collection

Open Site Actions > Site Permissions and click anonymous access:

Enable access on site collection level.

A new dialog opens.

Enable it for the entire web site:

Enable it for the entire web site.

After that you should see the following:

You should see the following user.

Master Pages Gallery

Go to Site Actions > Site Settings > Master Pages and Page Layouts and click the library tab to edit the library permissions:

Edit the master pages gallery library permissions.

Enable the access to view items:

Enable access for the library.

Enable to view items from this library.

Style Library

Go to Site Actions > Site Settings > Site libraries and lists > Style Library and click the library tab to edit the library permissions

Enable access on the Style library.

Again enable the access to view items:

Enable to view items from the style library.

Summary

Sign out and close the browser. After opening the browser and the site again you are no longer logged in:

Log off and close the browser to see the configured access.

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