In addition, starting with version 1803, Microsoft will be granting permission to certain apps to have global file system access automatically. If the app has the global file system access restricted, you’ll see a prompt to allow or deny access to the app.  If you have to customize these settings, in the Windows 10 Redstone 4 update or later, you can do using the new File System settings. In this new section, you’ll be able to enable or disable access to your files for all apps or apps individually to protect your privacy. In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to prevent apps from accessing your files on Windows 10.

How to deny file system access to apps using Settings

If you must block apps from accessing your personal files, do the following: If you only want to deny a particular app, simply turn off the toggle switch for the app you want under “Choose which apps can access your file system”. File system settings Allow or deny file access to apps Once you’ve completed the steps, the app you specified will not be permitted to access your documents, pictures, videos, and OneDrive files locally stored on your device. At any time, you can revert the changes using the same instructions, but make sure to turn on the toggle switch for the app you want to allow access to the file system. It’s important to note that File system will allow or deny access for all your files. If you only need to block an app access to a particular file type, you’ll need to use the Documents, Pictures, or the Videos settings page. If you can’t find these settings, it’s likely because you’re not running the Windows 10 version 1803 (Redstone 4), which is expected to release in spring of 2018. All content on this site is provided with no warranties, express or implied. Use any information at your own risk. Always backup of your device and files before making any changes. Privacy policy info.