Thread: Removing Read Only
01-05-2007, 12:13 PM #1Removing Read Only
So I just got my new MacBook on Wednesday. I absolutely love it so far, and am in the process of moving my files from my PC on over to the MB. I tried to do the whole network connect thing, but I think my old computer hated me enough to prevent it from happening. So I have resorted to backing up all of my important stuff on to DVD's and transferring them over the "old fashioned" way.
It's actually been pretty smooth sailing so far, until I went to open one of my documents last night and noticed it was read only. (I'm using Office 2004, btw.) No biggie, as I figured out how to just remove the read only security setting with "Get Info". However, I have almost 1200 documents, and it would be... well... a real pain in the buttocks to have to go through and change every single one individually from "read only" to "read and write".
Is there a way to batch change the security settings on files? I would love to be able to just change the main folder and have all of the files in the folder update as well, but I couldn't figure out how to do it.
01-05-2007, 01:48 PM #2MacHeadCaseGuest
Just click on the folder that contains all the files and click on Apply to enclosed items at the bottom of the Get Info window.
01-05-2007, 01:51 PM #3
Are you kidding me?
It's that easy?
I didn't even notice that button last night. I'll have to try it when I get home. Crikey... I spent a good 20 minutes this morning just working on one folder...
Thanks for the tip!
01-05-2007, 01:58 PM #4MacHeadCaseGuest
No prob, glad I could help. And yes it is that easy! :girl:
If your files aren't in the same folder just create a new folder with all of them inside it. Then apply this trick. Then you can replace them however you like on your Mac.
01-05-2007, 02:32 PM #5
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Another solution is to start up Terminal. cd to the folder in question, and enter the following command:
chmod +w *
This adds write access (the "+w") to all files (the "*").
Repeat per folder you need to do. This is actually pretty flexible. For example, if you only wanted to modify the .mpg files but not the .avi files (silly example I know, but works for this illustration), use this form of the command instead:
chmod +w *.mpgMy Macs: iMac 27" 3.4 GHz, Mac Pro 3.2 GHz, PowerMac G5 Quad 2.5 GHz, G4 Cube with 1.2 GHz Upgrade
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01-05-2007, 02:42 PM #6
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for folder and all that is under it:
chmod -R +w *Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, It's about learning to dance in the rain!
01-05-2007, 04:38 PM #7
Well hot diggity!
Thanks to everyone for responding!
I'm feeling even better now about leaving the PC world.
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