How to Change Permissions on Multiple Folders at Once in Mac OS

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How to Change Permissions on Multiple Folders at Once in Mac OS
Edit your settings in the File Sharing preferences on your Mac OS computer. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

Folders permissions on your Macintosh computer provide limited or full access to files contained in the folder, and allows either read-only or read and write permissions. Users who are authorised to see your folders are then able to copy files from the folders, and view or edit the files as specified in the folder's permission properties. If you need to change the permissions for several folders you can do so through your Mac's File Sharing preferences in System Preferences. These preferences manage all sharing settings, and immediate applies the changes once entered.

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  • Mac OS X v.10.4 or later

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  1. 1

    Click the "System Preferences" icon on the desktop's dock, and click the "Sharing" icon.

  2. 2

    Click the "+" button in the Shared Folders section, and click the folder's name in the pop-up dialogue box. Click "Choose" to add the folder to list of shared folders. Click "+" to add more folders, and click "Choose" to insert them into the folder sharing properties.

  3. 3

    Click "+" in the Users section, and enter the name of the user you want to add to folder sharing. Click "OK" to add the name to the Users list.

  4. 4

    Click the privileges next to the user's name, and click "Read and write," "Read only" or "No access." Click the privilege next to each user, and click the desired folder privilege.

  5. 5

    Click the lock icon to prevent changes to the file sharing preferences. Click the red button in the upper-left corner of the File Sharing window to save the new settings and apply them.

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