When you install an application in Windows 11, you may be prompted to allow it access to your file system. Allowing file system access may give the application access to personal data and grants the application the same access to your files and folders that you have. This access may be required for full functionality of some application. You can change the File System Access for all applications in Windows Settings using the instructions below.
How to enable or disable file system access
- Click on Start ⊞ and select Settings ⚙.
- Click on Privacy and security and select File system.
- Set the slider next to Let apps access your file system to On. To disable access for all apps, set the slider to Off.
- Turn access for each App On or Off according to your preference.
Note: You may also need to allow access in the App settings.