How to Lock Folders


Microsoft Windows users can have multiple user profiles on a single computer. This allows different family members or business users to work on the same computer yet have their own customized settings. Folders generally start out as accessible to anyone, meaning that other user profiles can access personal document folders. You can access the security options for the folders you wish to keep locked to secure these files. This will allow you to choose which users can read or edit files within those folders.

  • Log in to your user profile at the Windows startup and navigate to the folder you wish to lock.

  • Right-click on the folder icon and select "Properties." A folder properties dialog box will pop up.

  • Click on the "Security" tab at the top of the folder properties dialog box.

  • Click the "Edit" button.

  • Highlight the user name or group of users in the box labeled "Group or user names." This will list all the user profiles created on the computer as well as groups of users including all administrators or all users.

  • Click the permissions boxes under the "Permissions for" section. There is a set of options that has an "Allow" and a "Deny" box. By highlighting the user or group and checking the "Deny" boxes, that user or group will be denied access to all files within the folder. To completely restrict all control and lock the folder, check every "Deny" box. You can also deny only certain abilities to customize the locking preferences. For instance, you can select specific permissions such as "Read," "Write," "Modify" and "Full Control." If all "Deny" boxes are checked except for the "List Folder" contents, the user will be able to see the files within the folder but will not be able to open or edit them.

  • Click "OK" to save the settings then click "Yes" to confirm the change.

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