How to view and change the file attributes in Windows

Updated: 01/24/2018 by Computer Hope

In Microsoft Windows, you can see the attributes of a file by viewing the file properties. To view the file properties, follow the steps below.

  1. Right-click the file for which you want to view the file attributes.
  2. Select the Properties option.
  3. In the file Properties window, you should see the attributes under the General tab, as shown in the picture below.

Properties window in Microsoft Windows

  1. You can check or uncheck the attributes you want to enable or disable. For example, if you wanted to make the file read-only so it cannot be modified or changed, check the Read-only box and then click Ok.
Tip

To adjust the file attributes in MS-DOS or the Windows command line, use the attrib command.

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