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How to undo "Make this folder private" option ?

Published: Aug 04, 2005
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Make this folder private

The option Make this folder private allows you to quickly set the folder permissions to Level 1. Level 1 permissions is explained as:

Local NTFS Permissions for "Level 1"

  • Owner: Full Control
  • System: Full Control

Network Share Permissions

  • Not Shared

The owner of the file or folder has read and write permission to the file or folder. Nobody else may read or write to the folder or the files in it. All subfolders that are contained in a folder that is marked as private remain private unless you change the parent folder permissions. (Refer to the box in the right that lists the Permissions for Level 1.)

How to Undo Make this folder private option?

At a later stage if you want to Undo Level 1 permissions and switch back to default Permissions, you can uncheck the Make this folder private option.

Make this folder private is grayed out?

In some cases, the checkbox may be enabled but grayed out, thus the user is unable to deselect the option. ( Fig 1 explains the symptom.) Here is a quick way to undo Make this folder private option. Follow these steps:

For Windows XP Professional Edition, disable Simple file sharing:

Click Start, and then click My Computer. On the Tools menu, click Folder Options, and then click the View tab. In the Advanced Settings section, clear the Use simple file sharing (Recommended) check box. Click OK. Then, follow these steps:

  • Right-click the folder in question, and choose Properties.
  • Click the Security tab.
  • Click Add, and type in Administrators, click OK.
  • Select Administrators group that you've added now.
  • Put a checkmark near Full Control (Allow) in Permissions box.
  • Click OK.

For Windows XP Home Edition, you need to start Windows in Safe Mode in order to see the Security tab. Remaining steps are the same.

Once you add Administrators group and give them Full Control for the folder, the Make this Folder Private option is automatically disabled. Level 1 permissions are no longer in action.

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