Built-in access levels in Adobe Workfront

Each of the six built-in access levels are designed for a particular type of user:

  • System Administrator
  • Planner
  • Worker
  • Reviewer
  • Requestor
  • External User

Depending on the access level, up to 3 settings are available for most of the Workfront object types:

Edit Users can create, edit, delete, and share the Workfront object
View Users can review and share the Workfront object
No Access Users cannot access the Workfront object

If you need a custom Planner, Worker, Requester, or Reviewer access level, you can copy the built-in access level and determine the amount of access you want it to allow for the various Workfront object types. For information on creating a custom access level or modifying one of the built-in access levels, see Create or modify custom access levels.

IMPORTANT

We strongly recommend that you leave the built-in access levels unchanged so that you can refer to them after you set up your users.

For general information about these access levels, see Access levels overview.

System Administrator access level

Attached to the Plan license, this built-in access level is designed for a user who is in charge of administering the Adobe Workfront system. You cannot modify this built-in access level.

Users with the System Administrator access level can do everything within Workfront. They can view and edit all Workfront objects and information entered in Workfront by all other users.

They also have access to the complete Setup area, where they can change any setting at the system level. And they can access all areas in the Main Menu .

For more information, see Grant a user full administrative access.

Planner access level

Also attached to the Plan license, this access level is designed for:

  • Managers of groups, teams, projects, and resources
  • Anyone who is responsible for planning, creating, and managing tasks, projects, portfolios, and programs
  • Anyone who is responsible for assigning work (tasks and issues) to other users
  • Users who build reports and who approve timesheets, work items, and documents
  • Users who need access to all areas in the Main Menu

You can create a custom version of the Planner built-in access level and determine the amount of access it allows for the various Workfront object types. For more information, see Built-in access levels in Adobe Workfront in this article.

The following are the highest access settings available for objects in the Planner access level:

Workfront object type No access View access Edit access
Projects    
Tasks    
Issues    
Portfolios    
Programs    
Reports (including dashboards and calendar reports)    
Filters, views, and groupings    
Documents    
Users    
Templates    
Financial data    
Resource Management    
Scenario Planner     ✓ (The default setting is No Access.)
Workfront Goals     ✓ (The default setting is No Access.)

Worker access level

Attached to the Work license, this built-in access level is designed for users who for perform the work in Workfront. They do not plan the work; they complete it.

Users with this access level:

  • Are assigned to work items where they can contribute and log time
  • Can approve work and documents, but not timesheets
  • Can access and share reports
  • Can communicate with other users in the system
  • Can access all the areas in the Main Menu , but their “Users” area is named Teams. In the Teams area, users with this access level can view only teams that they belong to, along with the work assigned to those teams.
  • Have limited ability to create objects—they can’t create projects, portfolios, programs, or reports.

You can create a custom version of the Worker built-in access level and determine the amount of access it allows for the various Workfront object types. For more information, see Built-in access levels in Adobe Workfront in this article.

The following are the highest access settings available for objects in the Worker access level:

Workfront object type No access View access Edit access
Projects     ✓ (Limited: users can only share the project, create tasks and issues in it, and edit data in custom forms that are already attached to it.)
Tasks    
Issues    
Portfolios   ✓ (The default setting is No Access.)  
Programs   ✓ (The default setting is No Access.)  
Reports (including dashboards and calendar reports)    
Filters, views, and groupings    
Documents    
Users    
Templates    
Financial data   ✓ (The default setting is No Access. The View setting allows the user to view only the Finance area   in Project Details.)  
Resource Management    
Scenario Planner     ✓ (The default setting is No Access.)
Workfront Goals     ✓ (The default setting is No Access.)

Reviewer access level

Attached to the Review license, this access level is designed for executives who request work from other users and who review and approve work. These are not project owners or team members, but they need access to Workfront to see the work items that they oversee.

For example, a stakeholder with this access level could log in to Workfront to participate in an ongoing review of marketing materials, see work updates on work, and review documents, approvals, reports, and calendars.

Users with the Reviewer access level:

  • Cannot be assigned work items or approve time sheets
  • Can access requests and documents in the Main Menu .
  • Have limited ability to create objects—they can’t create projects, portfolios, programs, or reports.

You can create a custom version of the Reviewer built-in access level and determine the amount of access it allows for the various Workfront object types. For more information, see Built-in access levels in Adobe Workfront in this article.

More limited for projects and tasks than the Worker access level, the following are the highest access settings available for objects in the Reviewer access level:

Workfront object type No access View access Edit access
Projects    
Tasks    
Issues    
Portfolios    
Programs   ✓ (The default setting is No Access.)  
Reports (including dashboards and calendar reports)    
Filters, views, and groupings    
Documents    
Users    
Templates    
Financial data  

✓ (The default setting is No Access. The View setting allows the user to view only the Finance area in Project Details.)

 
Resource Management    
Scenario Planner     ✓ (The default setting is No Access.)
Workfront Goals     ✓ (The default setting is No Access.)

Requestor access level

Attached to the Request license, this built-in access level is designed for users who make and receive simple work requests in Workfront. By default, they are limited to the Requests area.

For example, a user can log issues to your organization’s help desk request queue.

Users with this built-in access level:

  • Can make requests and update those requests
  • Can upload and approve documents
  • Can review the status of issues they have submitted
  • Cannot be assigned to work items
  • Can access requests only from the Main Menu . For more information about request queues, see Create a Request Queue.

You can create a custom version of the Requester built-in access level and determine the amount of access it allows for the various Workfront object types. For more information, see Built-in access levels in Adobe Workfront in this article.

The following are the highest access settings available for objects in the Requestor access level:

Workfront object type No access View access Edit access
Project   ✓ (Only the Project Details page)  
Task   ✓(Only the Details page)  
Issue    
Portfolios    
Programs    
Reports (including dashboards and calendar reports)   ✓ (Only the Details page)  
Filters, views, and groupings    
Document    
User    
Template    
Financial data    
Resource Management    
Scenario Planner    
Workfront Goals     ✓ (The default setting is No Access.)

External User access level

This access level is not attached to a paid Workfront license. It is the most restrictive access level, designed primarily for collaborators such as external consultants who don’t log into Workfront, but need to review, download, or view documents occasionally.

Workfront users can assign tasks to external users even though external users can’t log in to the system. But we advise against this because that work would remain unresolved in the system.

Users with the External User access level:

  • Can view only documents and calendar reports that are shared with them
  • See the users who share documents and calendar reports with them
  • Approve the documents that are shared with them

You cannot modify this access level.

IMPORTANT

External User is available only if the option “Collaborate with people without Workfront accounts by using their email address” is enabled in the System Preferences area in Setup. For more information, see Configure system security preferences.

The following are the highest access settings available for objects in the External User access level.

Workfront object type No access View access Edit access
Project    
Task  
Issue    
Portfolios    
Programs    
Reports (including dashboards and calendar reports)   ✓ (Only for calendar reports; no ability to share reports)  
Filters, views, and groupings    
Document   ✓ (without the ability to share documents)  
User    
Template    
Financial data    
Resource Management    
Scenario Planner    
Workfront Goals    

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