How to write-protect files and folders

Updated: 01/24/2018 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.