Enabling the Security Tab in Folder/File Properties

The enabling of the Security Tab in the Folder/File Properties tip is only for Windows XP Professional users. Windows XP Home users cannot apply this tip because the Security Tab is restricted or not available. Windows XP Home users must start their computer in Safe mode to gain access to the Security tab in the Folder/File Properties page. Windows XP Home user can refer to Starting Your Computer in Safe Mode – The Easy Way blog article for easy reference. When the Security tab is enabled, the Folder/File Properties page should look like the image below.

There a few ways to open the Folder Options:

Using Control Panel

This is probably the most common way to access the Folder Options.

  1. Click Start and then Control Panel.
  2. If you are using Category View for the Control Panel.
    1. Click Appearance and Themes.
    2. Click Folder Options.
  3. If you are using Classic View for the Control Panel.
    1. Click Folder Options.

Using Windows Explorer

  1. Open Windows Explorer.
  2. Click on Tools then select Folder Options.

Using a Command Line

  1. Click Start and then Run.
  2. Type Control Folders in the Run dialog box.
  3. Press ENTER on your keyboard.Now you should have the Folder Options page open. Refer to Image below.


To Enable the Security Tab for the Folder Options in Windows XP Professional

  1. Open the Folder Options page using one of the above methods.
  2. Click on the View tab.
  3. Uncheck Use simple file sharing (Recommended). Refer to Image below.

  4. Click Apply then OK.

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Edited: May 2, 2012