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

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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.

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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.

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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! 
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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.
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