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I am using SharePoint Foundation 2013 and I created a DocLibrary with the site collection admin account. I added a .docx file directly in it, but all the users (all in the same SharePoint group) that have only the Read permissions do not see the file. If I switch their permissions on this library to anything else (Edit, Contribute, etc.) they can see the file. The permissions on the document are inherited from the library.

Also, I did not change anything in the Central Admin Permission Policy.

My question is: why users cannot see documents with Read permissions?

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In the Versionning Settings of the library, "Who should see draft items in this document library" was set to "Only users who can edit items", so I switched it to "Any user who can read items".
Even if content approval was disabled, the document was considered as a draft and the rule was applied.

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