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Change Write Protection of multiple Files at once

Tutorial by Stefan Trost | 08/04/2016 at 16:29

In order to change the "read only" attribute of a file, usually, you have to right click the file, you have to select "Properties" from the context menu and you have to set or remove the hook from the "read only" option. Unfortunately, often I have to do this task for many files at the same time and you can imagine that it is much work to open the property dialog for so many files individually. Is there any possibility to change the writing protection attribute from many files at once without this dialog?

Answer: File attributes of many files can be set or removed simultaneously using the tool FileRenamer on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. You can proceed as follows:

  1. First, we are adding all files for which we would like to change the write protection to the list in the FileRenamer. For this, you can simply drag and drop files and folders from the Explorer onto the program.
  2. On the right side, you can find in the section "Changes" the point "Attributes". Below, there is the option "Read Only". We enable this point and either select "Set Attribute" or "Remove Attribute" from the options depending on what we want to change.
  3. Now, we only have to click on the button "Apply Changes" located in the lower right corner of the application in order to change all attributes of the files.

By the way, we can also change the writing protection of folders using the FileRenamer. For this, we can whether we want to add files and/or folders to the list under "Include".

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