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    All saved file now have padlock icon


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    Hi ... about 4 weeks ago all new files I save had a padlock in top right corner, which I understand is linked to encryption.

    I have not knowingly requested to turn 'On' encryption.
    I tried Googling and was told to turn off padlock overlay ... all new files now have a 'document' icon in top right corner.

    If I do a 'Right-click on the file' and select 'file ownership > personal'
    The top-right icon disappears, and also the 'file ownership' option is no longer in the 'right-click' menu.
    All older saved pictures are fine .... only new saves.

    If I look in the finder window .... eg in MS Word File>insert picture ..... they still show as with padlock icon

    Pic showing issues attached.

    If I send a file to anyone I now get messages about am I sure I want to share without encryption.

    I don't want to have to do 'file ownerhip' this to every new file.

    How do I turn off this encryption? - help is appreciated.

    I did find what appeared to be description/solution on this link, but its for W7 and settings must have changed as don't have screen shots they show, Change the permissions and take ownership of your files and folders | Free Easy-to-Follow Windows Tutorials

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  2. Ghot's Avatar
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  3. Posts : 152
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    I just followed that article set 'do not allow NTFS encryption' to enable (which is the method to disable it.
    Made no difference to icon .... it is still displayed.
    However, if I then try the 'right-click > file ownership > personal' it no longer works and throws up this error:
    All saved file now have padlock icon-error.jpg
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  4. dalchina's Avatar
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    What you're showing appears to be EFS encryption e.g.
    Encrypt Files and Folders with EFS in Windows 10

    - note the context menu:
    Add or Remove EFS File ownership Context Menu in Windows 10

    Perhaps the tutorial you need is
    Disable Auto Encrypt Files Moved to EFS Encrypted Folders in Windows

    - there are more linked below the main text, else search the Tutorial section.
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  5. Ghot's Avatar
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    Maybe Option Four or Five, here...

    Decrypt Files and Folders with EFS in Windows 10
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  6. Posts : 152
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    I understand the key comment from the links that 'File ownership option only appears if EFS enabled'

    I can remove the icon on a per file basis .... but want to prevent it from being applied in the first place.

    Key point seems to be (at least testing) the padlock ONLY appears if I save it to desktop, does not happen if I save files elsewhere. Either on C:\ or other drives.

    Would suggest EFS encryption is only set for Desktop ? do you know how I can turn this off at 'desktop' level
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  7. Ghot's Avatar
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    sargan said:
    I understand the key comment from the links that 'File ownership option only appears if EFS enabled'

    I can remove the icon on a per file basis .... but want to prevent it from being applied in the first place.

    Key point seems to be (at least testing) the padlock ONLY appears if I save it to desktop, does not happen if I save files elsewhere. Either on C:\ or other drives.

    Would suggest EFS encryption is only set for Desktop ? do you know how I can turn this off at 'desktop' level


    You just have to add the path to your desktop...

    Decrypt Files and Folders with EFS in Windows 10



    From an elevated command prompt...

    cipher /d /s:"full path of folder"



    Like for me, it would be...

    cipher /d /s:"C:\Users\user name\Desktop"


    In the example, he also has the word "Folder". So you may have to add that.

    All saved file now have padlock icon-image1.png




    Like...

    cipher /d /s:"C:\Users\user name\Desktop\Folder"
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  8. Posts : 152
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    That worked ..... loads of messages in shell as it performed ..... and new files save without padlock.
    Thanks for the help - really helpful.

    I have 2 follow up questions if you can answer ...

    #1 why would this have started encryption? ..... only change I can think I made was adding a Google Drive folder to PC.

    #2 I had made a change to remove padlock overlay ..... it had removed padlock but put a file icon in the top corner (as per pic) is there an easy way to reapply the overlay, just so padlock does appear when it's supposed to.

    The overlay was removed as one of the suggestions on another forum to fix the problem .... amongst loads of NTFS changes .... I have undone NTFS chnages, but can't find how to reapply overlay
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  9. Ghot's Avatar
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    sargan said:
    That worked ..... loads of messages in shell as it performed ..... and new files save without padlock.
    Thanks for the help - really helpful.

    I have 2 follow up questions if you can answer ...

    #1 why would this have started encryption? ..... only change I can think I made was adding a Google Drive folder to PC.

    #2 I had made a change to remove padlock overlay ..... it had removed padlock but put a file icon in the top corner (as per pic) is there an easy way to reapply the overlay, just so padlock does appear when it's supposed to.

    The overlay was removed as one of the suggestions on another forum to fix the problem .... amongst loads of NTFS changes .... I have undone NTFS chnages, but can't find how to reapply overlay


    I honestly have no idea. I don't use anything... cloud-related and I try to avoid anything Google related as well.
    I try to keep things as simple as possible.


    @dalchina may know.
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  10. dalchina's Avatar
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       #10

    If one folder only is being encrypted, then consider
    Encrypt Files and Folders with EFS in Windows 10
    Option 1 -4,5.

    If that's checked for your desktop folder- well, uncheck it.
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