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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.

Any advice?
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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 *.mpg

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for folder and all that is under it:

chmod -R +w *

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Well hot diggity!
Thanks to everyone for responding!

I'm feeling even better now about leaving the PC world.

Cheers!
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