Locked folders?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by stringtheorist, Apr 1, 2008.

  1. stringtheorist macrumors regular

    Apr 1, 2008
    Hi, Mac newbie here.
    Some of my documents folder icons show a lock symbol. What does this mean, and how can I make them like regular folders?
  2. tbohlsennswssrg macrumors regular


    Aug 31, 2007
    Roseville, Sydney, NSW, Australia
    That means you have no access to them

    You should be able to change them using the Get Info Dialog Box
    (File>Get Info)

    P.S You may have to provide an administrator's username & password
  3. stringtheorist thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 1, 2008
  4. Axemantitan macrumors 6502

    Mar 16, 2008
    Is it possible to lock a folder so that a guest cannot even open it without an administrator's password? Can this be done while logged in as the administrator or only as a guest? I ask because I want to keep sensitive information in a folder, but still allow others to use the computer.
  5. pjrobertson macrumors 6502a

    Nov 14, 2007
    The easiest answer to your solution is to turn on 'Guest account'

    Go into system preferences, then click 'Accounts'

    Click the padlock so it's open (bottom left hand corner) to make changes
    (enter admin pwd)
    then enable guest account.

    Once that's done, password protect your own account so nobody can get at your files ;)

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