How to Remove Security Tab from Files and Folders Properties Window in Windows

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Wondering how to remove the Security tab from Files and Folders Properties window in Windows?

In Windows, security permissions can be set for files and folders through the Security tab found within the Properties window of a file or folder.

Using this feature, you can edit the owner of a file/folder or edit its permissions, such as providing full/limited control to the standard users. If you do not provide appropriate permissions to the users, they will not be able to view that file or folder. 

However, since it is an administrative-level feature, it might be a good idea to remove the Security tab from Files and Folders Properties window so that the standard users do not mess with it. In this guide, we will walk you through several methods of doing so in detail.

Let’s get started!

1. Use Windows Registry.

The Windows Registry maintains low-level settings for Windows and applications that use the registry.

Windows continuously reads the Registry to learn things like user profiles, what applications are installed and what types of documents they can produce, what icon properties are for folders and applications, what hardware is available, and so on.

  1. Press Windows + R keys simultaneously on your keyboard to open a Run dialogue box. 
  2. Inside the text field of the dialogue box, type ‘regedit’ and hit Enter. This will launch Windows Registry on your PC.
  1. Once you are inside the Registry Editor, navigate to the location mentioned below. 
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer
  1. If you cannot locate the Explorer key, then right-click on the Policies key and select the New > Key option.
  2. Rename this key as Explorer and double-click on it.
  3. Now right-click anywhere in the right pane and select the New > DWORD (32-bit) Value option.
  4. Rename this newly created value as NoSecurityTab.
  5. Double-click on NoSecurityTab and under Value data, type 1.

Once done, restart your PC to save the changes.

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3. Use Group Policy Editor.

The Group Policy Editor is a Windows-based administration tool that lets users personalize individual computer settings as well as whole networks. You can set password requirements, startup programs, and determine what applications or settings users can modify.

The information in the Group Policy Editor is stored in the form of policies and by modifying the relevant policies, you can make your desired changes.

Here is how you can do that:

  1. Press Windows + R keys simultaneously on your keyboard to open a Run dialogue box. 
  2. Inside the text field of the dialogue box, type ‘gpedit.msc’ and hit Enter. This will launch Group Policy Editor on your PC.
  3. Once you are inside the Group Policy Editor, navigate to the location mentioned below. 
User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\File Explorer\
  1. Now locate and double-click on Remove Security tab in the right pane.
  1. Select Enabled and click on Apply to save the changes. 
  2. Now check if the desired changes have been made. If not, then type cmd in the search bar and click on Run as administrator.
  3. Type the command mentioned below in the Command Prompt window and hit Enter to execute it. 
gpupdate /force

This should remove the Security tab from the Files and Folders Properties window.

This brings us to the end of our guide on removing the Security tab from the Files and Folders Properties window in Windows. We tried walking you through all the steps in detail and hope that one of the methods mentioned in this post did the trick for you. In case you still have any confusion about the steps, please let us know in the comment section below!

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