How to Change Access Privileges & Permissions on Your Computer

by Bonnie Conrad

The ability to set specific permissions for different files and folders on your computer is a useful feature. With this feature you can restrict access to confidential files while still ensuring that users will be able to access the information they need. Setting those permissions takes only a few steps.


Open up Windows Explorer by right-clicking on "My Computer" and choosing "Explore" from the drop-down menu. Click the plus sign next to the "C" drive to see the list of files and folders.


Locate the files and folders to which you need to add, remove or change access. Right-click on that file or folder and choose "Properties" from the drop-down menu. Click the "Security" tab and highlight "Users."


Look at the check boxes on the bottom of the window and adjust them as necessary. If you want everyone to have total control over the files and folders choose "Full Control." If you want users to be able to make changes choose "Modify." If you want users to be able to read the contents of the file but not make changes choose "Read" from the list of permissions.

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About the Author

Based in Pennsylvania, Bonnie Conrad has been working as a professional freelance writer since 2003. Her work can be seen on Credit Factor, Constant Content and a number of other websites. Conrad also works full-time as a computer technician and loves to write about a number of technician topics. She studied computer technology and business administration at Harrisburg Area Community College.

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