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Windows Permissions

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Last Modified: 2013-12-05
I have a folder that has more folders inside of it.  I want to set the permissions, so that users can not look at or do anything to the other folders, but to only be able to get to their one folder.  What permissions do I need to set to do this?

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You need to grant them read access to the parent folder and turn off inheritance on the child folders.  After you turn off inheritance, you can set each child folder's permissions to only allow those that you specify.

You turn off inheritance in the advanced settings under the security tab of the properties of the folder.

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Windows XP Professional allows you to set permissions for a file or folder from the properties dialog, which you can reach by right-clicking the file or folder and clicking the Properties entry on the ensuing menu. In the Properties dialog, click the Security tab to get to an interface similar to that shown in Figure A.

Figure A
Security tab

From this interface, you can add users to the Permissions list, set specific permissions for each user or group, and grant special permissions via the Advanced button. Setting permissions and policies can seem a little daunting, but the basic principles are easy to understand: User A can access this folder and User B cannot. The numerous possible permission combinations should give you the flexibility to meet your security needs.
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