How To Change File Properties On Windows

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How to Change File Properties

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This wikiHow teaches you how to access and change the properties and settings of individual files on a computer. You can do this on both Windows computers and Mac computers.


On Windows

  1. Open Start .Click the Window logo in the bottom-left corner of the screen.
  2. Click File Explorer .It's in the lower-left side of the Start window.
  3. Select the file you want to change.Click once the file for which you want to see and change properties.
    • You may need to select the file's location (e.g.,Documents) first by clicking the pertinent folder on the left side of the Explorer window.
  4. Click .It's a tab in the upper-left side of the window.
  5. ClickProperties.This white box with a red checkmark is in the "Open" section of the toolbar at the top of the Explorer window.
  6. Review your file's properties.Each file type will have a slightly different Properties menu, but you can typically change the following information:
    • File name- This will typically be at the top of theGeneraltab.
    • Opens with- Near the middle of theGeneraltab, clickingChangenext to this option will allow you to pick a different default program for the selected file.
    • Previous Versions- This tab lets you select and restore a previously saved version of the file if one exists. You must have set a restore point in order for this to work.
  7. Save any changes you make.ClickApplyin the bottom-right corner of the Properties window, then clickOKto save and exit.

On Mac

  1. Open Finder.Click the blue, face-like icon in your Mac's Dock to open Finder.
  2. Select the file you want to change.Click a file in the Finder to select it.
    • You may first need to select a folder in which the file is located by clicking the folder on the left side of the Finder window.
    • You can clickAll My Filesin the upper-left corner of the Finder window to see a list of every file on your Mac.
  3. Click .This menu item is in the upper-left side of the Mac's screen. Doing so prompts a drop-down menu.
  4. ClickGet Info.It's about halfway down theFiledrop-down menu. This will open a file information window.
  5. Review your file's properties.Most files on your Mac will have the following options located near the middle/bottom of the Get Info window:
    • Name & Extension- Change your file's name or file type here. You can also check the "Hide extension" box to hide this particular file's extension.
    • Comments- Add notes about the file.
    • Open with- Change the program with which your file opens.
    • Preview- View a preview (e.g., thumbnail) of the file.
    • Sharing & Permissions- Change who can read, edit, or modify the file.
  6. Save your changes.When you're done making changes, you need only click the red circle in the top-left corner of Get Info window to save them.

Community Q&A

  • Question
    Is there a way to change properties of multiple files at the same time?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Make sure the files are all in the same place. Select all of them by either clicking each once while pressing down Ctrl (Control button), or pressing the first and then the last file while pressing down Shift. Then click with the right button of your mouse and go for the last option on the window that appears. Note that changing properties of different types of files at the same time may not be advisable due to the compatibility of individual files with these changes.
  • Question
    I'm trying to edit a folder on a Mac but it won't let me. I am already the owner so I don't know what's wrong. What should I do?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Go to the terminal, navigate to the relevant folder then enter `sudo chmod 777`. Then use a command line text editor like nano or vim by issuing a command like `nano`. Next, change the file. Finally, use `sudo chmod ###` to change the file back to the way it was. You'll need to find the default numbers for the second chmod.
  • Question
    How can I make the size on the disk smaller?
    Vivek Mishra
    Community Answer
    You can use some tools to compress a file. You can convert it into zip, rar, 7z, etc.
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  • You will generally have more properties available to edit if you're using an administrator account.


  • Sometimes you cannot modify certain attributes of a file.
  • The properties of a file will change depending on the type of file you are viewing.

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