How to Change Read Only Inside Zip Files


Created by the software company PKWare, zip files are compressed software files commonly used to back up information as well as to send information between computers faster. This method of changing zip files explains how to toggle read only to on or off. The steps to the method include opening the start bar, locating the file, opening the properties menu of the file and finding the read only toggle.

  • If you are using a computer with Microsoft Windows installed, look at the bottom left of your screen for the start button. Click on the symbol in the bottom left with the Windows logo on it and a menu will open.

  • Once this menu is open you should see a search bar above the windows logo. Type the name of the file into the search bar, and wait for Windows to find it. The file will have a name such as

  • This is an alternate step 2. If no search bar is found, open up a folder such as My Computer. Any folder will work because you can see the path to the current location at the top of the screen. Enter the path name of the zip file if you know it (path names look like this: C:\Users\Name\ Otherwise you may have to click through folders until you find the zip file.

  • Right-click on the file once you find it, which will open a new list of commands. Click on the command "Properties" near the bottom of the list with either mouse button. This should open the Properties box.

  • When the Properties box opens up, look at the bottom of the screen. You should see a check box next to text that says Read Only. Click on the box to change the read only attribute to on or off, if the attribute is on you will see a check mark in this box.

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