If you’ve been playing around with folder sharing or security options, then you might have ended up with an unsightly lock icon on a folder. We’ll show you how to get rid of that icon without over-sharing it.
The lock icon in Windows 7 indicates that the file or folder can only be accessed by you, and not any other user on your computer. If this is desired, then the lock icon is a good way to ensure that those settings are in place. If this isn’t your intention, then it’s an eyesore.
To remove the lock icon, we have to change the security settings on the folder to allow the Users group to, at the very least, read from the folder.
Right-click on the folder with the lock icon and select Properties. Switch to the Security tab, and then press the Edit… button.