How to Change Folder Permission in Bulk

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Windows allows considerable flexibility with the user access granted to individual file folders. It is possible to quickly and easily adjust how folders can be accessed. Using folder permissions and attributes, a folder can be made to be completely hidden, if desired, or set for viewing only so that users may not make changes to a folder's contents. More complex scenarios allow folder permissions to vary among users. Individual folders may be adjusted independently of others. However, multiple folders may have their permissions configured in bulk to apply the same privileges across them all.

Things You'll Need

  • Windows Computer
  • Identify the folders you wish to configure. To apply permissions across many folders at once, you must be able to see all the affected folders on the screen simultaneously. If the folders exist in the same location, such as the Windows Desktop, this is easy. If the folders are located in different areas of the computer, use the My Computer or Windows Explorer tools to open up individual locations.

  • Hold down the Control button while clicking once on each folder whose permissions you wish to change. Each folder will become selected and the entire bulk collection will have permissions configured simultaneously.

  • Right-click on any one of the selected folders in the bulk set

  • Select the Properties command from the context menu that appears next to the mouse cursor.

  • Click the Read-only check box at the bottom of the General tab to give all folders permissions that prevent editing or deleting of folder contents. Additionally, click the Hidden check box to make all folders hidden.

  • Click the Security tab in the Properties window to affect additional folder permissions, if desired.

  • Press the OK button. All permissions are immediately applied in bulk to the entire set of selected folders.

Tips & Warnings

  • Choosing the Hidden permission setting may cause the folders to no longer be visible, depending on the computer's configuration. To see these folders to make additional configurations or to remove the Hidden permission, the parent folder or folders of each affected folder must have their settings changed in the Folder Options. The setting should be checked that says "View Hidden Files or Folders".

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