SET FILE ATTRIBUTES WITH THE ATTRIB COMMAND
You're probably familiar with file attributes, which determine the
characteristics of a file, including the read-only, compressed, and
Most of the time, the Windows GUI is the easiest and most direct method
for viewing and changing a file's attributes. Right-click the file,
and choose Properties. Windows displays the Hidden and Read-only attributes
on the General tab, and you can click Advanced to view compression
and encryption attributes.
However, the ATTRIB command is a more effective approach in some situations,
such as when you need to change attributes for several files or change
attributes within a script. Typing ATTRIB without any parameters displays
all of the files in the current folder and their attributes. To view
the attributes of a specific file, add the filename after the ATTRIB
command, as shown below:
You can use a handful of parameters with ATTRIB to set a file's attribute.
For example, use the following command to add the Read-only attribute
to Myfile.doc and to remove the Hidden attribute:
ATTRIB +R -H MYFILE.DOC
To learn more about the ATTRIB command and its parameters, enter HELP
ATTRIB at the command prompt.