When I try to share a folder using the share tab in file properties, if I go back and remove sharing options from the Share tab, it also affects the Security tab, removing inheritance of permissions from the parent and also removing the Authenticated Users permission, causing the little lock icon on the folder to appear.

So I think I partially understand it, but at the same time, not really. I get that sharing a folder changes sharing permissions, but I'm not entirely sure why it is changing local permissions. I'm not smart enough to figure this out on my own, sorry.

  • Did you use the "Advanced Sharing" button which lets you choose the settings or the "Sharing" button which basically sets everything up for you? In the latter case, permissions will be changed to satisfy the users you choose to share the folder with in the dialogue.
    – billc.cn
    Feb 5, 2016 at 15:06
  • The more simple sharing button.
    – Pichu0102
    Feb 6, 2016 at 5:09

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If you use the Share... button Windows will push the share rights on to the file permissions. Period!

Use Advanced Sharing... button if you want to separate the share permissions from the file permissions.

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