How to Use the Properties Command in the Windows Explorer to Unlock the File

By Jim Campbell

Windows Explorer is the main application that allows you to view a list of files on your computer in a graphical, user-friendly window. You have the option to view file permissions such as "Read-Only" or "Hidden". If the file is set as "Read-Only" you receive an "Access Denied" error when trying to edit it. Use the Windows Explorer "Properties" command to remove this restriction.

Step 1

Login to your Windows computer using the administrator user name and password. Click the Windows "Start" button and click "Computer". This opens the Windows Explorer screen with a list of drives.

Step 2

Double-click the drive with the file you want to edit. Navigate to the directory with the file. Right-click your file and select "Properties". This opens a configuration window.

Step 3

Remove the check-mark next to "Read-Only". If "Hidden" is check-mark checked, remove that as well.

Click "OK" to save your settings. This removes the attributes and gives you permission to save changes to the file.