At times when you try to access a file or a folder in Windows 10, your access is denied. Similarly, when you try to modify such files or folders, you are not granted the permission to do so. It happens because you are not given the privileges to make changes to such files or folders. In this situation, you will likely to change the ownership of such files and folders to make them accessible for yourself. In this article, we will explain to you the method through which you can take the ownership of files and folders in Windows 10.

Taking the Ownership of Files and Folders in Windows 10

For taking the ownership of files and folders in Windows 10, you need to perform the following steps:

Right click on the file or folder whose ownership you want to take. In this example, I will take the ownership of a Microsoft Word document.

As soon as you will click on it, a menu will appear which is shown in the following image:

Select properties in file menu

From the menu shown above, click on the Properties option to launch the properties window as shown in the image below:

File properties

Now click on the Security tab as shown in the following image:

Security tab

Click on the Advanced button to launch the Advanced Security Settings window as shown in the image below:

Advanced Security Settings

Now click on the Change option corresponding to the Owner field to launch the following window:

Select user and Group

Type the name of the user account to which you want to grant the ownership of that particular file or folder in the “Enter the object name to select” field. It is shown in the image below:

Enter the object name to select

After typing the user account name, click on Check Names button as highlighted in the image shown above. If you have typed a valid username, then it will change to full username path as soon as you will click on Check names. This is shown in the following image:

Check Names

  • Now click on OK to get back to the Advanced Security Settings window as shown in the image below:

Advanced Security Settings window

You can easily see from the image shown above that now, the new user account name that you have just added appears as the Owner of that particular file or folder. Just click on Apply.

As soon as you will click on Apply, a Windows Security message will be displayed which is shown in the following image:

Windows Security message

  • Now click on OK to close this message. Then click OK on the Advanced Security Settings window to close this window as shown in the image below:

click on OK

You can easily see from the Properties window that now you are given the complete ownership of the particular file or folder. It is highlighted in the following image:

Ownership of file has been changed

Just click on OK to close this window and now you have been granted the ownership of the particular file or folder.

Conclusion

By following the method explained above, you can easily take the ownership of any file or folder in Windows 10 and can conveniently access and modify it as per your requirements. All you have to do is just to follow a simple set of steps and you are done with your work.

How to Take the Ownership of Files and Folders in Windows 10
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