File attributes

Updated: 10/11/2017 by Computer Hope

File attributes are settings associated with computer files that grant or deny certain rights to how a user or the operating system can access that file. For example, IBM compatible computers running MS-DOS or Microsoft Windows have capabilities of having read, archive, system, and hidden attributes.

  • Read-only - Allows a file to be read, but nothing can be written to the file or changed.
  • Archive - Tells Windows Backup to backup the file.
  • System - System file.
  • Hidden - File will not be shown when doing a regular dir from DOS.

How to adjust the file attributes

Attribute, Operating system terms