Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated December 11, 2017)
Windows files have several attributes, or properties. These attributes affect how the file can be manipulated. What follows is a list of the available file attributes and what they mean:
There are a couple of ways to view and change a file's attributes. One way is through Windows Explorer or File Explorer. By right-clicking on a file and selecting Properties, Windows displays a Properties dialog box for the file. (See Figure 1.)
Figure 1. A file's Properties window.
In the Properties dialog box you can set the Read-only and Hidden attributes. There are more attributes, though, and these can be seen by clicking the Advanced button to display the Advanced Attributes dialog box. (See Figure 2.)
Figure 2. A file's Advanced Attributes window.
Again, setting or clearing the checkboxes is how you set or clear the file's attributes.
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