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How to Set Access Read-Only Permissions

You can use Universal Shield's wizards to quickly set an object (file, folder, group of files) to read-only, so others cannot modify the files or files in a folder.

  1. If needed, run the Universal Shield software by clicking Start > Programs > Universal Shield and clicking the Universal Shield icon, or by double-clicking the Universal Shield shortcut on your Windows desktop.
  2. If the Universal Shield Wizard does not open automatically, click the Wizard button. The Universal Shield Wizard opens.
  3. Select Set read-only access mode for the selected objects.
  4. After you select the option you want, click Next. The Wizard leads you through the process of setting permissions.
  5. Choose the object for which you want to set permissions. For example, you might want to set a Microsoft Word (*.DOC) file as read-only, so nobody else can edit it. Select Set Read-Only Access for a File.
  6. Click Next.
  7. Select the file to which you want to apply read-only access.
    1. Click Add to List.
    2. In the Select File dialog box, browse to find the file you want. For testing, choose a file that is unimportant or create a file that you know you can delete without harming anything.
    3. When you find the file, click it to select it; click Open (or, double-click the file). The file you selected appears in the Universal Shield Wizard window.
    4. If you want, you could select more than one file by using Add to List.
    5. After you finish adding files, click Next.
    6. Click Finish to close the Wizard.
  8. The Universal Shield window displays the files you set to read-only.
  9. To set the read-only permissions, you must ENABLE protection. Click the Unlocked button (but do not click the Locked button). The status bar shows whether protection is ENABLED.
  10. Notice that the window shows you how the permissions are set-a check indicates an action (Read) is permissible but a cross indicates other actions (Write, Delete, and Edit) are not permissible.
  11. Using Windows Explorer, or My Computer, navigate to the file you protected and try to delete it or copy and paste it-you cannot. Note that you can open the file using Microsoft Word, make changes and save the file under a different name, but you can't modify the original file in anyway.

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