How to edit permissions and group ownership on files and folders in Windows Server


In this article I will show you how to modify a file or folders permissions as well as how to assign it to a different group.

The first step is to locate the file/folder you’d like to modify permissions or group ownership on.
In this example I want to make it to where the group “Everyone” has Read and Execute permissions for the Testing folder.
Right-click the folder Testing, click Properties, and then click the Security tab.

Setting or Editing windows files or folder permissions - Selecting the folder

Click Edit to open the Permissions dialog for the folder.
As you can see, the group “Everyone” is not an option to choose from in the top pane, however we can search for it by clicking the Add button.

Setting or Editing windows files or folder permissions - Seeing current permissions

In this dialog box you can select users or groups to assign to this folder. You can type the name of the group or user and click the “Check Names” to verify it or click “Advanced” to view all users and groups.

Setting or Editing windows files or folder permissions - Adding user to list

Setting or Editing windows files or folder permissions - Listing all available users

Choose your user or group that you’d like to assign to the folder/file. I am assigning the group Everyone in this example.

Setting or Editing windows files or folder permissions - User selected and adding to list

Click OK and that will bring you back to the Permissions dialog allowing you to chose the permissions for the group or user on that folder/file.

Setting or Editing windows files or folder permissions - Setting what permissions the user has

Now the group Everyone has permission to Read and Execute on the folder Testing.
You can also use the same steps above to Deny access to specific user/groups to files and folders. Simply change the Allow checkboxes and check the Deny boxes instead.

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