How to change file permissions in Windows 10
Want to make a file read-only? Or maybe you need to limit access to a file for specific users. Windows 10 makes it easy to modify file permissions. Watch the video above or follow the steps below to modify file permissions in Windows 10.
Make a file read-only
- Right-click the file and select "Properties" in the contextual menu.
- Select the "General" tab at the top of the window.
- Click the "Read-only" checkbox next to "Attributes".
- Click then .
Set custom permissions for specific users
- Right-click a file and select “Properties” in the contextual menu. If you have Windows Explorer open, you can also select a file, click the "Home" tab and select “Properties” in the menu bar, then choose “Properties” from the dropdown menu.
- Select to add or remove a group or user. You can check specific permissions for each user too.
- Click to change special permissions for the file. Here, you can change the owner and view the basic and advanced permissions for each user.
- If the options are greyed out, the file has inherited permissions. To remove these permissions, select then "Remove all inherited permissions from this object".
- Now you can add permissions for the file. Click , select a principal, type the user you want to give permissions to, and click .
- Check which basic and advanced permissions you want for the user.
- After selecting the permissions, click then .
Updated: October 9, 2017