Solution to Missing Security Tab in File Properties

I wanted to change some file permissions to a file in windows and required to see the “Securitytab in the file properties dialog. Tried many things as it was missing from my system and thought it would be worthwhile sharing with you.

The security tab is quite important when using Windows XP as it allows the Admin to change or allocate the permissions to some files or folders for some user or a group. But if you are also not getting this tab when you click on folder properties, then here is the solution.


1.    The primary thing to check is that this Security tab appears only for systems with NTFS file system and not FAT or FAT32.

2.    Log into the system with Administrator rights.

3.    Go to My Computer -> Folder Options -> View tab and in the Advanced Settings section at the bottom, uncheck the “Use simple file sharing (Recommended)” option.

If above conditions are satisfied then Security tab should appear, and if it isn’t then try this registry trick:

Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer key and delete this “Nosecuritytab” key on right.

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