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How to Take Ownership of a Folder in Windows 10 Using File Explorer

You may find yourself unable to move, edit or copy a file in Windows 10, and often times that's because of the permissions attached to it. It may be a file or folder that the system doesn't want altered or one created by a user that's been deleted. Fortunately, you can reclaim the file.

Here's how to take ownership and get full access to files and folders in Windows 10.

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1. Right-click on a file or folder.

2. Select Properties.

3. Click the Security tab.

4. Click Advanced.

5. Click "Change" next to the owner name.

6. Click Advanced.

7. Click Find Now.

8. Select your username and click OK.

9. Click OK.

10. Click Apply. If you're modifying a folder, you might want to 

11. Click OK.

12. Click Add. Now it's time to make sure you have all kinds of permissions.

13. Click Select a principal.

14. Click Advanced.

15. Click Find Now.

16. Select your user name and click OK.

17. Click OK.

19. Click OK.

20. Click OK.

21. Click your user name, it's time to verify your new permissions. 

22. Click OK, as you've taken ownership and full permissions for the folder! 

With this tutorial under your belt, it's time to learn more about Windows, including how to password protect a folder in Windows 10 and how to create a new folder in Windows 10, how to create a shortcut to a website in Chrom, how to delete old emails in Gmail so you don't need to pay for OneDrive and how to map a network drive.

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Henry is a senior writer at Laptop Mag, covering security, Apple and operating systems. Prior to joining Laptop Mag — where he's the self-described Rare Oreo Expert — he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. You can find him at your local pro wrestling events, and wondering why Apple decided to ditch its MagSafe power adapters.