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Attributes Property

Sets or returns the attributes of files or folders. Read/write or read-only, depending on the attribute.

object.Attributes [= newattributes] 

object

Required. Always the name of a File or Folder object.

newattributes

Optional. If provided, newattributes is the new value for the attributes of the specified object.

The newattributes argument can have any of the following values or any logical combination of the following values:

Constant

Value

Description

Normal

0

Normal file. No attributes are set.

ReadOnly

1

Read-only file. Attribute is read/write.

Hidden

2

Hidden file. Attribute is read/write.

System

4

System file. Attribute is read/write.

Volume

8

Disk drive volume label. Attribute is read-only.

Directory

16

Folder or directory. Attribute is read-only.

Archive

32

File has changed since last backup. Attribute is read/write.

Alias

1024

Link or shortcut. Attribute is read-only.

Compressed

2048

Compressed file. Attribute is read-only.

The following code illustrates the use of the Attributes property with a file:

function ToggleArchiveBit(filespec)
{
   var fso, f, r, s;
   fso = new ActiveXObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject");
   f = fso.GetFile(filespec)
   if (f.attributes & 32)
   {
      f.attributes = f.attributes - 32;
      s = "Archive bit is cleared.";
   }
   else
   {
      f.attributes = f.attributes + 32;
      s =   "Archive bit is set.";
   }
   return(s);
}

Function ToggleArchiveBit(filespec)
   Dim fso, f
   Set fso = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
   Set f = fso.GetFile(filespec)
   If f.attributes and 32 Then
      f.attributes = f.attributes - 32
      ToggleArchiveBit = "Archive bit is cleared."
   Else
      f.attributes = f.attributes + 32
      ToggleArchiveBit = "Archive bit is set."
   End If
End Function

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