The owner of an object controls what permissions are set on the object and to whom permissions are granted. If for some reason, you have been denied access to a file or folder and you need to reset the permissions, you can take ownership of the file or folder and then modify the permissions. All administrators automatically have the Take Ownership permission for all NTFS objects.

How to take Ownership of a File or Folder

To take ownership of a file or folder, perform the following steps:

  1. Open Windows Explorer and locate the file or folder you want to take ownership of.
  2. Right-click the file or folder, click Properties, and then click the Security tab.
  3. Click Advanced, and then click the Owner tab. See Figure 1.

    Using Folder and File Owners 1

    Figure 1: Owner tab

  4. Click Edit, and then do one of the following:
    ❍ To change the owner to a user or group that is not listed, click Other users and groups and, in Enter the object name to select (examples), type the name of the user or group. Then click OK.
    ❍ To change the owner to a user or group that is listed, click the name of the new owner in the Change owner to box.
  5. To change the owner of all subcontainers and objects within the tree, select the Replace owner on subcontainers and objects check box.