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

  • MORE

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.screenshot (45) 3060491487254991

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

MORE: How to Use Windows 10

1. Right-click on a file or folder.screenshot (41)

2. Select Properties.screenshot (42)

3. Click the Security tab.screenshot (43)

4. Click Advanced.screenshot (44)

5. Click "Change" next to the owner name.screenshot (45) 3060491487253919

6. Click Advanced.screenshot (46)

7. Click Find Now.screenshot (47)

8. Select your username and click OK.screenshot (48)

9. Click OK.screenshot (49)

10. Click Apply. If you're modifying a folder, you might want to screenshot (50) 3060491487253919

11. Click OK.

screenshot (51)

12. Click Add. Now it's time to make sure you have all kinds of permissions.screenshot (52) 3060491487253920

13. Click Select a principal.screenshot (55)

14. Click Advanced.screenshot (57)

15. Click Find Now.screenshot (58)

16. Select your user name and click OK.screenshot (60)

17. Click OK.screenshot (61)

18. Click Full controlscreenshot (63)

19. Click OK.screenshot (64)

20. Click OK.screenshot (66)

21. Click your user name, it's time to verify your new permissions. screenshot (67)

22. Click OK, as you've taken ownership and full permissions for the folder! 
screenshot (68)


Author Bio
Henry T. Casey
Henry T. Casey,
After graduating from Bard College a B.A. in Literature, Henry T. Casey worked in publishing and product development at Rizzoli and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, respectively. Henry joined Tom's Guide and LAPTOP having written for The Content Strategist, Tech Radar and Patek Philippe International Magazine. He divides his free time between going to live concerts, listening to too many podcasts, and mastering his cold brew coffee process. Content rules everything around him.
Henry T. Casey, on
Add a comment
  • Anirudh Tariyal Says:

    what if access denied when i change ownership of the folder

  • Landy Says:

    Very helpful, it worked very well for me.

  • Jimper Says:

    Flash Player Updater was bugging me even after I disabled the startup. Had to change the .cfg file but didn't have permission to edit. You came to my rescue. Thanks. Microsoft don't make it easy, do they?

  • Macy Z Says:

    the add remove and enable inheritance buttons are all grayed out.
    when attempting to delete file get the a different error instead of trustedinstaller asking for an old account i replaced with a microsoft account.

  • nobody Says:

    There is no "Security" tab. Why don't you update to current conditions?

  • shubham n Says:

    it really worked. Thanks a lot for this help. Keep up with the good work.

  • David Says:

    Hi, I cannot use this solution because the "Change" button on step 5 is greyed out for me

  • Rahul Says:

    Thanks for the tip .. worked like charm and saved me a lot of hassles

  • Michael Says:

    Brilliant. Worked perfectly. Other sites provided solutions that were either hard to understand, incomplete or simply didn't work. You're now my goto site for windows 10 issues. Thanks!

  • Chandan HR Says:

    Thank you so muchhhhh...
    I am very much frustrated....when this happen
    You saved me...😅

  • Rohish Says:

    Thank you so much guys....
    It was very much useful..Saved me

  • ihalwfp Says:

    thanxxx for this,it is useful

    thanxxx for this,it is useful

Back to top