How to Remove “Security” Tab from Files and Folders Properties Windows?

Whenever we want to get details of a file or folder such as file type, size, date of creation, owner, etc, we open its "Properties" window and get the desired details. We also access file or folder's properties window to change its attributes such as read-only, hidden, etc.

"Properties" window of a file or folder also contains an extra tab called "Security". This tab allows you to change owner of the file or folder. It also allows you to modify permissions such as full control or limited control over the selected file or folder as shown in following tutorial:

[Guide] How to Take Ownership (Permission) of a File or Folder Manually in Windows?

Sometimes you may want to restrict users from changing ownership or permissions for any file or folder in Windows. In other words, you may want to completely remove "Security" tab from file and folder properties window so that no one can change security settings of any file or folder in your computer system.

Recently similar question was asked by our reader "Mohamed Nabil". He wanted to restrict "Security" tab from properties of all file and folders in Windows.

Today in this tutorial we are going to share a simple Registry tweak which will allow you to disable "Security" tab in files and folders properties windows as shown in following screenshot:

File_Folder_Properties_Security_Tab.png

If you also want to remove "Security" tab from files and folders properties window, just check out following simple steps:

1. Type regedit in RUN dialog box and press Enter. It'll open Registry Editor.

2. Now go to following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer

3. In right-side pane, create a new DWORD NoSecurityTab and set its value to 1

Disable_File_Folder_Properties_Security_Tab.png

That's it. It'll immediately remove "Security" tab from all files and folders properties window. If it doesn't remove the tab, you can log off, restart your system or restart Explorer.

4. In future whenever you want to re-enable "Security" tab, simply change the value of NoSecurityTab to 0 or delete the DWORD.

This method will work in all Windows versions such as Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, 8 and 8.1.

Also check: Ultimate List of All Kinds of User Restrictions for Windows





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Comments

  • I also found this feature accidentally a while ago. =)

  • Gud option to tweak this setting.

  • wow some . You always to best Askvg.

  • Can a restricted user (i.e., one for who the Security tab has been removed), but who has access to regedit, reset the NoSecurityTab value to 0?

  • VG

    ^^ Yes but you can also restrict Registry Editor:

    http://www.askvg.com/all-kinds-of-restrictions-for-windows-2000-xp-2003-and-vista/
    http://www.askvg.com/how-to-enable-tools-folder-options-and-registry-editor-in-windows/
    http://www.askvg.com/the-best-method-to-hide-files-folders-in-windows-without-using-3rd-party-utilities/

  • Thanks for another useful tip.
    Best regards and Happy New Year!

  • Hello VG, Nice Tips. Could you please explain both NoResolveSearch and NoResolveTrack

  • VG

    ^^ Both DWORDs are used to make the process of resolving a shortcut faster. They prevent the system from searching the drive and using NTFS tracking feature.

    Please check following topic for more information:

    http://www.askvg.com/collection-of-registry-tweaks-for-windows-7/

  • Thanks VG!

  • this proves to me very helpful thanks for hosting such a technical issue

  • very nice, thanks.

  • Is there any way to see the permissions of a file or folder when the tab is disabled?

  • Hi!
    I have a question, I want to know if this security tab in properties, is also available when you send a file to another person, but with his/her own settings. I am asking this because i sent a file and when I checked the properties, I accidentally found that my email address was shown in the security tab. I have windows 8/ Thanks for your help and sorry for my ignorance.

  • VG

    ^^ I dont think so. Also you can remove personal details from a file using remove properties button.

  • very thank……………
    best all answer

  • i cant find it theres nothing under policies i have windows 7 home premuin

  • Thank you so much! I'm very glad :)

  • Is it working for windows 10 also?There were the same sub keys in one of the main sub keys which was'H Key-Current-Machine'is it all wright if i follow those steps from that key?

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