How to write-protect files and folders

Updated: 05/21/2018 by Computer Hope

From time to time, users may find themselves wanting to prevent anyone, including themselves, from editing or accidentally deleting a file because it contains important information. Follow the steps below enable or disable write protection on a file(s) or folder(s).

Write protection process

  1. Open Windows Explorer by pressing the Windows key + E on your keyboard.
  2. Navigate to the location of the file(s) or folder(s) you would like to protect.
  3. Select and right-click the file, folder, or group of files, and then select Properties from the drop-down menu that appears.

File properties menu in Windows

  1. In the File Properties window, under the General tab, check the box for Read-only or Read-only (Only applies to files in this folder) near the bottom.
  2. Click the OK button to save the new setting.
Tip

To turn off write protection, repeat these instructions, but uncheck the box in step 4.