How Do You Grant Permission on a Computer Network?

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Administering a computer and a computer network can be a complex task. The more computers that are on your network, the more complex and detailed keeping track of the network and permissions can be. If you have a centralized server, most permissions will be controlled from there by skilled system administrators. But if you have a smaller network or a home network and administrator permissions, adding and controlling permissions is not too complicated.

Things You'll Need

  • Administrator permission for the computer
  • Windows Vista
  • Select the item that needs permission granted to it. Items that can be granted permissions include files, folders, disc drives, printers, and other devices. You can find all these items in Windows Explorer.

  • Right-click on the item you have selected. This will bring up the shortcut menu. At or near the bottom of that menu, you will see the Properties menu item.

  • Left-click on the Properties item in the menu. This will bring up the properties window for the item.

  • Click on the Security tab at the top of the window. The number of tabs and options will vary depending on the item you have selected.

  • Click on the edit button in the middle of the window. This will open a Permissions window. The top of the window will have a list of users and groups.

  • Click on the user or group that you want to grant permissions for in the top of the window.

  • Click on the check box in the bottom half of the window next to the permission you want to grant. Be sure you are checking the box in the first list, under the word Allow.

  • Click OK twice and the permission will have been granted.

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