How To Change Settings for Multiple Files

Dear Computer Lady,

I had problems with a Win7 upgrade and had to do a clean install. I’ve imported my old files but my music files deny me access. In order to import them into WMP, I have to manually change the security settings on each file. I’ve tried folders, and it still doesn’t change files. Bad trouble here, since I have over 150GB of songs. Do you know of a way that I can reset the file permissions by batch?



Dear Angie,

In the past, I have been able to successfully change file settings by selecting multiple files at once. You might want to give this a try…

1. Start by selecting about 10 of your music files (not the folders, just files) Click on the first file, then hold down your Ctrl key on the keyboard and click on 9 more files.

2. Once you have selected several files, release the Ctrl key, and right click on any one of the selected files. In the context menu that appears, click on “Properties”.

3. Change the properties that you need to change, in your case it is the security settings, and then click the “OK” button to save your changes and close the window.

Now, check to see if all 10 of your files have been changed. If they have, you can do even more than 10 at a time.

You can select all the files in a folder using the keyboard combination, Ctrl & A . Just remember A for all.


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