Rather than digging deep for security permissions, here’s a simple way to add take ownership option to the right-click context menu.
Every folder and file in Windows has its own permission and allows you to access them according to the permissions. Generally, other than the system folders and files, you can access and modify almost any folder you want as long as you have the permissions required to do so. If you try to access folders or files you don’t have permission to, you will be greeted with the “Access Denied” error. When you absolutely want to access a protected folder or file, you need to change the ownership. i.e, give yourself full control over the target.
Being a security feature, you need to dig deep into the folder security properties to change ownership. Though not hard when you know what to do, it can still be confusing. So, to make things easier, you can add Take Ownership option to the File Explorer’s right-click context menu.
Once you add the option, with a single click you can take ownership of any folder as and when needed. So, without further ado, let me show how it’s done.
Steps to Add Take Ownership to Right-click Context Menu
There are many ways to add the Take Ownership option to the context menu. One of those ways is to edit the registry. However, it is quite messy. So, we are going to use a free and light-weight software called TakeOwnershipEx. The best thing about this tool is that it also lets you restore the original rights or ownership.
1. First, head over to this site and download the TakeOwnershipEx file. After downloading, extract the contents of the ZIP file to a folder on your desktop.
2. In the extracted folder, execute the .exe file to open the TakeOwnershipEx application. Once opened, follow the wizard and install it like any other application.
3. After installing, the application will add the Take Ownership option to the right-click context menu.
4. When you want to take ownership of a file or folder, simply right-click on it and select the “Take ownership/Restore Rights” option.
5. The application will instantly change the ownership to your user account and gives you full rights over the target folder or file. You will see a prompt telling you the same. Click “Ok” to close the prompt.
6. Once you are done making the necessary changes, you can restore the rights to their previous state. To do that, right-click and select the “Take ownership/Restore Rights” option again.
That is all. It is that simple to add take ownership option to the right-click menu. If you ever want to remove the option, uninstall the TakeOwnershipEx application and you are done. If need be, restore the rights of folders or files you previously changed before uninstalling the application.
Hope that helps. If you are stuck or need some help, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible. If you like this article do check out how to fix you currently don’t have permission to access this folder error in Windows.