Automatically Set Subfolders Permissions 12


Automatically Set Subfolders Permissions


Sometimes you may want to change the permissions of subfolder and all of there files. This could be down to the simple need to enable them to be read only for part of a server network or in my case allowing files and subfolders and files to be read and write for website development. Its took me a while to figure out how to do this, and it is blindingly obvious.

If you right click on any folder or file and select Get Info you will see a pane of information as you would expect. If you then click the pad lock and enter your admin password you will be able to edit the folder permissions at the bottom.

The problem with this is that it only changes the folder you are on. This can be a real problem if you have hundreds of files and folders that you want to enable specific settings, you would have to go through each one and change it by hand. The solution is to click on the tiny cog at the bottom of the pane, almost hidden away.

Clicking Apply To Enclosed Items will set the permissions to what you have changed above to every single item. It will come up with a warning message saying if you want to change them or not. Click OK. It will then whir away for a couple of seconds based on how many files and folders it has to change and then you will be done. If you want to change them back simply change the permissions in the list and apply it to the items once again.

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12 Responses to “Automatically Set Subfolders Permissions”

  1. 1

    Thank you for these instructions. They were very helpful.
    Have you noticed that sometimes the username that is applied to the enclosed items, is different to the one you just made an owner and gave rights to?

    Comment By Alex on January 19th, at 9:16 am

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    Sometimes, but most of the time its perfectly fine.

    Comment By admin on January 19th, at 10:35 am

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    This saved me so much time. I was getting frustrated and about to give up before I found your trick.

    Comment By jason on April 5th, at 5:04 am

  4. 4

    this is all good but I got one more question which brought me here:
    how to make folder permissions been AUTOMATICALLY applied to all newly created files in the folder (or moved in to the folder)?
    Any ideas?

    Comment By Andrei on July 11th, at 2:49 am

  5. 5

    Your a legend!

    Comment By Michael on October 17th, at 9:23 am

  6. 6

    This really helped me out. I would have wasted countless hours. Thanks

    Comment By Chris on March 8th, at 8:49 am

  7. 7

    Thanks a ton man…. you are a legend…

    Comment By gaurav on May 18th, at 2:10 pm

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    Thanks a lot! Saved me a lot of time too :)

    Comment By Jesper NIELSEN on September 17th, at 5:12 am

  9. 9

    Thank you so much for this! This issue was driving me nuts.

    Comment By James on April 2nd, at 9:33 am

  10. 10

    Great post ‘simple’ and ‘to the point’. Saved me a lot of work

    Comment By Rahul Thakur on September 23rd, at 2:29 am

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    Just wanna say thank you, I was frustrated and giving up.

    Comment By Cesar on November 24th, at 6:14 am

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    Thanks!!! Really useful and time saving info.

    Comment By Torben on December 17th, at 9:31 pm