How to Make a Folder Writable


Folders often contain information that sometimes change over time, and permissions will also need to be changed if items will be updated and maintained. Items in a "read only" folder cannot be changed, nor can the individual items that are marked as "read only". Making a folder writable implies that files can be amended in the directory, and updates and deletes can take place as required. This is often necessary when a folder is changed for a different purpose than was originally intended. Generally, folders that are marked "read only" are for reference documents or backup.

  • Navigate to the folder you wish to make writable using Windows Explorer. Go to "My Computer" or "Computer" and click on the folder hierarchy until you reach the folder permissions you wish to change. You can also use the "Search" utility in the Start menu to find the folder you want.

  • Right click on the folder name, and from the context menu presented, click on "Properties." The "General" tab should automatically open.

  • Uncheck the "Read-only" check box if it is checked. Also, if the file is hidden and you would like it visible, uncheck the "Hidden" check box.

  • Click on "Apply". If you get a message requesting that all the permissions be changed to writable for all sub files and folders in the directory, click "Apply changes to this folder, all sub folders and files," and click "OK."

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