folder permissions (Windows 2000)

Definition of folder permissions (Windows 2000) in The Network Encyclopedia.

What is folder permissions (Windows 2000)?

File permissions for NTFS volumes on computers running Microsoft Windows 2000. For information on folder permissions on machines running Windows NT versions 4 and earlier, refer to the entry on NTFS standard folder permissions in this work.

How it works

Folder permissions govern access to folders on an NTFS volume, while file permissions govern access to files on an NTFS volume. NTFS volumes for computers running Windows 2000 have six standard folder permissions: full control, modify, read & execute, list folder contents, read, and write.

For any given folder on an NTFS volume, each of these folder permissions can be allowed or denied for a specific user or group by using the Security tab of the folder’s property sheet in Windows Explorer (see the illustration).

Each of these six standard folder permissions is made up of a subset of the individual or special permissions that are available on NTFS volumes on machines running Windows 2000. The following table lists the various special permissions and how they are combined to form the six different folder permissions.

Graphic F-18. Folder permissions (Windows 2000).

Special Folder Permissions

Special Permissions Full Control Modify Read & Execute List Folder Contents Read Write
Traverse folder
x x x    
List folder
x x x x x  
Read attributes
x x x x x  
Read extended attributes
x x x x x  
Create files
x x       x
Create folders
x x       x
Write attributes
x x       x
Write extended attributes
x x       x
Delete subfolders and files
x x        
Read permissions
x x x x x  
Change permissions
Take ownership

The list folder contents and the read & execute folder permissions have the same special permissions. However, read & execute permission is inherited by both files and folders, while list folder contents permission is inherited only by folders.