Scripting Runtime Library  

Attributes Property

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

object.Attributes [= newattributes] 


Required. Always the name of a File or Folder object.
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 64 Link or shortcut. Attribute is read-only.
Compressed 128 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.";
      f.attributes = f.attributes + 32;
      s =   "Archive bit is set.";
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."
      f.attributes = f.attributes + 32
      ToggleArchiveBit = "Archive bit is set."
   End If
End Function

See Also

DateCreated Property | DateLastAccessed Property | DateLastModified Property | Drive Property | Files Property | IsRootFolder Property | Name Property | ParentFolder Property | Path Property | ShortName Property | ShortPath Property | Size Property | SubFolders Property | Type Property

Applies To: File Object | Folder Object