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  1.    11 Jun 2017 #1
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    File Properties question, "read only"


    Most any folder you right click on and select 'properties' will give you a list of that folder's attributes. One of them always says: Read-only (Only applies to files in folder)

    I've never been able to figure out what that means. The files in the folder I'm investigating can be changed or deleted so what is the "read only" attribute?
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  2.    11 Jun 2017 #2
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    Read-only means that you can open it, but not edit (write) it.
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  3.    11 Jun 2017 #3
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  4.    11 Jun 2017 #4
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    I understand the concept of 'read-only'. My problem is not understanding how it applies to a folder of mp3 files. As I described, the files do not take on any characteristics of being read only since I can modify them in any way I want.

    Yet, this Attribute: Read-only (Only applies to files in folder)
    Hidden
    with the box always filled in by read-only
    appears to be a default screen for the General tab of Properties. It just doesn't seem to really mean anything unless perhaps the folder contains text files. I haven't tested that possibility.
    For the folders I look at with mixed file types the read-only notation in properties appears to be meaningless?
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  5.    11 Jun 2017 #5
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    For folders, it is indeed meaningless what the Read-only check box shows since it doesn't actually get applied to the folder and only to the files in the folder.
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  6.    11 Jun 2017 #6
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    I seem to be having difficulty in having my words be understood. It doesn't have any effect on either the folder or the files in the folder either. It has no effect on anything at all as far as I can tell.
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  7.    11 Jun 2017 #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by larrydonline View Post
    I seem to be having difficulty in having my words be understood. It doesn't have any effect on either the folder or the files in the folder either. It has no effect on anything at all as far as I can tell.
    For what it's worth, I understand your words and I've have wondered the same thing many times but never bothered to ask.

    Every folder (that I've bothered to check) has "Read-only (Only applies to files in folder)" set. I've always assumed the parenthetical comment means just the opposite of what it says; that it really means "(Applies only to the folder, not to the files in the folder)". In other words, the directory is read-only; Windows can modify it but we can't.

    My interpretation is almost certainly incorrect, but it's the only one I can come up with.
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  8.    11 Jun 2017 #8
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    No problem.

    Nar, "Read-only (Only applies to files in folder)" for a folder means just that. If you check the box and apply, it only gets applied to the files in the folder and not the folder itself.

    Do the files in the folder have the "Read-only" box checked for them in their General Properties page?
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  9.    11 Jun 2017 #9
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    I don't know about the OP's case, but for me this parenthesized phrase shows only in the attributes of a folder and always seems to be selected.
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    I have no read-only files (that I know of). Here are the attributes of the one file in the above directory
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  10.    11 Jun 2017 #10
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    Quote Originally Posted by pokeefe0001 View Post
    I don't know about the OP's case, but for me this parenthesized phrase shows only in the attributes of a folder and always seems to be selected.

    I have no read-only files (that I know of). Here are the attributes of the one file in the above directory
    The mark for the folder is neutral, and doesn't indicate read-only or not read-only.

    The blue note box at the top of the tutorial below can give more details about this.

    Set or Unset Read-only Attribute of Files and Folders in Windows 10 Windows 10 General Tips Tutorials
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