Newbie Question about padlocks

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by snerkler, Mar 5, 2012.

  1. snerkler macrumors 6502a

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    I've noticed that some files and folders have a little picture of a padlock at the bottom of them. I would assume this means that they are locked, but I can open them as normal. So what do these padlocks mean?
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  2. simsaladimbamba

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    It probably means, they are write protected.
    Have you checked Finder > select folder >> GET INFO >>> Sharing & Permissions yet?
    [​IMG]
     
  3. snerkler thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Just have done now you've told me about it. In permissions it says against my user account "read and write" but then there's 2 more accounts; Staff and Everyone where it says "read only". Who/what are these 'accounts' that say staff and everyone?
    Does this explain why I have padlocks?
     
  4. simsaladimbamba

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    from Troubleshooting permissions issues in Mac OS X
    this is how it looks on my Mac, but the "staff" rights vary from "Read Only" to "Read & Write"
    [​IMG]

    Probably.
    Can you make a screenshot and attach it to your next post?
     
  5. snerkler thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    It looks the same as that, but where yours says staff - read and write, mine says Staff - read only. I'd rather not post a snapshot on here for identity reasons.

    This padlock thing is no biggie, but was just curious as to why the symbol is there.
     
  6. simsaladimbamba

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    You can use Preview to mask information, if you want.
    Here is a short 14 MB video tutorial (1680 x 1050 pixel) to show you what I mean.
     
  7. snerkler thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks
     
  8. simsaladimbamba

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    Just out of curiosity, was that video helpful, or was some key information missing? I just ask for future screen recordings.
     
  9. snerkler thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Not had chance to view it yet, but am going to try to view it tonight. Will report back later.
     
  10. snerkler thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    It looks pretty useful thanks, except that I don't know how to take snapshots in the first place to then be able to black out info :eek:
     
  11. simsaladimbamba

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    Taking screenshots
     

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