Enhancing User Control: Muting Permissions in Permission Set Groups


In the dynamic landscape of user permissions and access management, Salesforce introduces a powerful feature: the ability to mute specific permissions within a permission set group. This functionality provides administrators with fine-tuned control over user access without affecting broader permission sets. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the concept of muting permissions within permission set groups, explore its real-time use cases, and understand its implications on user access.

Understanding Muting Permissions in Permission Set Groups

Muting permissions in a permission set group allows administrators to selectively disable certain permissions for group members. Unlike traditional permission management, where changes might affect multiple permission sets, muting permissions are localized within the group itself. This feature is particularly valuable when certain permissions need to be restricted for specific user groups without interfering with the broader user base.

Use Cases

Let’s explore some real-world scenarios where muting permissions in permission set groups can be invaluable:

  1. Data Privacy Compliance:
    Imagine a financial institution where customer data privacy is of utmost importance. Within the organization, there are different user groups, each having access to specific sets of data. However, certain sensitive fields must be restricted to prevent unauthorized access. By muting permissions on these fields within a permission set group, the institution can ensure that only authorized users have access to critical customer information.
  2. Regulated Data Handling:
    In industries like healthcare or legal services, data handling must adhere to strict regulations. A medical records team might need access to patient records, but not the ability to delete them. By muting the “Delete” permission within a permission set group, administrators can prevent accidental or intentional data removal while allowing other necessary actions to be performed.
  3. Complex Business Processes:
    Organizations often have intricate business processes that require specific access patterns. For instance, a sales team may need the ability to modify records, but not delete them. By muting the “Delete” permission, administrators can prevent data loss caused by human error while preserving the team’s essential record management capabilities.
  4. Control the component visibility on Flexi pages:
    Custom permissions are typically employed within flexi pages to control the visibility of quick action buttons and components. Adjusting permissions can be beneficial when aiming to exhibit a specific component exclusively to a particular set of users.

The Challenge: Custom Button Visibility for Select Users

Imagine a scenario where you’re tasked with making a quick action button named Presentation visible exclusively to Account Executives (AE) and Business Developers (BD). Let’s explore how a strategic combination of custom permissions, permission sets, and muting permission sets can be leveraged to accomplish this fine-tuned button visibility.

Your Salesforce org is home to diverse user groups, each entrusted with distinct roles. In this scenario, you’re required to create a quick action button named Presentation and ensure it’s only visible to the Account Executives and Business Developers. Your solution? A custom permission known as “Presentation Button Visibility.”

Crafting the Strategy: Custom Permissions and Permission Sets

You’ve created the custom permission, but here’s the twist: you can’t directly add custom permissions to Permission Set Groups (PSGs). Instead, you opt to assign the custom permission to a Permission Set (PS) named “Sales PS,” which is then assigned to all the sales-related PSGs. This ensures that every member of these PSGs receives the custom permission. However, that’s just the beginning.

Selective Visibility: Introducing Muting Permission Sets

While “Sales PS” cascades the custom permission across various sales groups, your goal is to grant button visibility exclusively to AE and BD. This is where the ingenious concept of muting permission sets comes into play. By creating a muting permission set within each PSG, you can strategically mute the custom permission for groups other than AE and BD.

Here’s an illustration of muting a custom permission within one Permission Set Group (PSG). This process should be replicated across all other PSGs where your “Sales PS” permission set is allocated.

1. From Setup, in the Quick Find box, enter Permission Set Groups, and then select Permission Set Groups.

2. Under API Name, select the permission set group in which you want to mute permissions.

3. Click Muting Permission Set in Group and then click New.Only one muting permission set is allowed per group.

4. Give your muting permission set a label and API name and click Save.

5. Click the link for your new muting permission set.

6. Click on Custom Permissions

7. Select Mutes for Presentation Button Visibility

The Power of Muting Permissions: Fine-Tuning Access

In essence, muting permissions allow you to silence certain permissions within a permission set group without affecting other permission sets. By muting the “Presentation Button Visibility” custom permission in all PSGs except those belonging to AE and BD, you effectively tailor the visibility of the “Presentation” button. This ensures that the button remains hidden for all sales users except the select group you’ve earmarked.

The Result: Streamlined Button Visibility

Through this strategic orchestration of custom permissions, permission sets, and muting permission sets, you’ve achieved a highly targeted outcome. The “Presentation” button now appears only to Account Executives and Business Developers, aligning with their roles and responsibilities. This not only enhances user experience by presenting relevant functionalities but also maintains data integrity by restricting unnecessary access.

Understanding Permission Set Group Muting Dependencies

Muting permissions within permission set groups can have ripple effects on dependent permissions. When a permission is muted, other permissions that rely on it might also be muted. Salesforce offers a clear table of examples to help administrators understand these dependencies. For instance, muting “Delete” on an object automatically mutes “Modify All” as well, as the latter depends on full object access.

Similarly, if you mute Read on the object, then Create, Edit, Delete, View All, and Modify All are muted. If you can’t read object data, then you can’t perform actions such as delete on it.


Salesforce’s feature of muting permissions within permission set groups empowers administrators with a level of control and granularity over user access that was previously challenging to achieve. Through real-time use cases, we’ve seen how this feature enhances data security, compliance, and streamlines complex business processes. However, it’s crucial to understand the dependencies between permissions to avoid unintended consequences.

As organizations continue to prioritize data security and streamlined access, muting permissions in permission set groups emerges as a valuable tool in the administrator’s arsenal. By seamlessly tailoring user access, organizations can strike the perfect balance between security, efficiency, and user productivity.

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Arun Kumar

Arun Kumar is a Salesforce Certified Platform Developer I with over 7+ years of experience working on the Salesforce platform. He specializes in developing custom applications, integrations, and reports to help customers streamline their business processes. Arun is passionate about helping businesses leverage the power of Salesforce to achieve their goals.

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