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Windows 7: What is that lock icon on my folder and how do I remove it or unlock i

25 Oct 2012   #1
mettam

Windows 7 64 Professional
 
 
What is that lock icon on my folder and how do I remove it or unlock i

What is that lock icon on my folder and how do I remove it or unlock it ?


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25 Oct 2012   #2
Christian Smith

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Usually that's an indication of permissions/sharing being set on the folder.
What is the actual folder you are refering to?
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25 Oct 2012   #3
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10
 
 

Hello Mettam,

The small gold lock icon in Windows 7 indicates that the file or folder can only be accessed by you, and not any other user on your computer. That's all.
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25 Oct 2012   #4
Christian Smith

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

If you wanted to remove it, just right click on the folder > Properties > Security > Click "Edit" next to change permissions > Click "add" > if the folder is nothing really personal etc, type "everyone" Into the dialog box. Hit the enter key and "Apply", "Ok" etc.

Permissions - Allow or Deny Users and Groups

Hope that helps.
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25 Oct 2012   #5
mettam

Windows 7 64 Professional
 
 

It's my C:\Users\username directory.

I opened the properties on this folder and unchecked Read-only thinking this would remove the lock icon, it went ahead and changed the properties on all folders and files within that directory structure, and yet the lock icon remained. Have screwed something up ? no signs of any problems yet.
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25 Oct 2012   #6
mettam

Windows 7 64 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Christian Smith View Post
If you wanted to remove it, just right click on the folder > Properties > Security > Click "Edit" next to change permissions > Click "add" > if the folder is nothing really personal etc, type "everyone" Into the dialog box. Hit the enter key and "Apply", "Ok" etc.

Permissions - Allow or Deny Users and Groups

Hope that helps.
Thank you.
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25 Oct 2012   #7
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10
 
 

Unchecking Read-only for a folder would only set all files in the folder to be not read-only. That's what they are by default anyways.

If you didn't want to share anything in your user folder, then this is fine to have the lock on it since that's what it indicates.
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