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Change Access Permissions from the Command Line

Need to change your access permissions using only the command line? Thankfully, a utility called CACLS.EXE comes standard with Windows, and can be used from the command prompt to do just that. For more information check the help documentation included with the CACLS.EXE program (cacls /?).


Using the Command Line to Change Access Permissions in Windows

As an example, let’s say you wanted to give user “johnRead access to a directory called “files“. To do so, you would enter:

CACLS files /e /p john:r

*Note: /e is used to edit the ACL instead of replacing it. This ensures other permissions on the directory will be kept intact.

/p sets the permission for user: <permission>

And there you have it!


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