If you have played with folder sharing or security solutions, you might have ended up on a folder with an unsightly lock icon. You can get rid of the lock icon without getting it over shared. The lock icon in Windows means that only you, and not any other user on your computer, can access the file or folder. If required, the lock icon is a good way of ensuring that settings are in place. In this article, we will guide you through the whole procedure to remove the lock icon from a folder in Windows 10.

Remove the lock icon from a folder in Windows 10

To remove the lock icon from a folder in Windows 10, follow this procedure step by step.

Locate the folder with a lock icon. Right click on the folder and select the Properties option as the following image is showing.

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As soon as you click the Properties option, the following dialogue box will appear.

Click the Security tab. Then choose the System option and click the Edit button as highlighted in the above image. As you click the Edit button, the following dialogue box will appear.

Now choose the System option and click the Add button as highlighted in the above image. The next dialogue box will appear as follows.

Enter the Users in the Object names text area and then click the Check Names button as highlighted in the above image. It will show the Object name as follows.

Now click the OK button as highlighted in the above image. Now you will be on the previous dialogue box and a new object will appear as the following image is showing.

Now select the new object and then click the OK button as highlighted in the above image. Now you will see that the lock has disappeared from the folder.

Conclusion

By following this procedure, you will be able to remove the lock icon from a folder in Windows 10.

How to remove the lock icon from a folder in Windows 10
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Karim Buzdar

About the Author: Karim Buzdar holds a degree in telecommunication engineering and holds several sysadmin certifications. As an IT engineer and technical author, he writes for various web sites. He blogs at LinuxWays.

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