Last updated November 7th, 2012 at 05:25 pm
With the excessive use of computer, it has become really important to take the security and privacy into
consideration. There is a possibility that you are sharing your computer with someone and there is such
data that you don’t want them to see then you can simply hide that folder or file in Windows 7. In this
article, we are going to discuss some ideas about hiding a folder in Windows 7.
1. Hide Folders
Windows has always been offering a simple solution to hide your folders from others. Simply, you can
also hide your folders and files in Windows 7 too. Let me tell you what you need to do in order to hide
your folder in Win 7.
Open the Windows Explorer or any folder in your computer and then go to Tools>Folder Options.
Once you are in Folder Options, click on View Tab and here you will find “Files and Folders” and then
find the option of “Hidden Files and Folders”. You will see the option of “Don’t show hidden files,
folders, or drives”, check this option.
Finally Press “OK” and you are almost done with the process.
Do the following to hide the folder:
Right Click on the folder that you want to hide and then click on Properties.
There will be a General Tab where you should select the option Hidden.
Now, click on OK so your settings can be saved.
You should remember the path of folder that you have hidden and whenever you want to access that
folder, uncheck “Don’t show hidden files and folders” option in settings.
2. Make Folders Invisible
Another way to trick users of your computer is to make your folder invisible. In this way, you won’t
even have to hide the folder, yet no one will be able to see it. One good thing about making an invisible
folder is that, you will not have to go through the lengthy process of hiding the folders but someone can
accidently get to know about your invisible folders too.
First, you will have to remove the folder name and then you will have to make folder icon transparent.
- Select the required folder and click F2. After that, hold the ALT key and type the number 0610 using the numeric keypad.
- Once you will hit Enter, the folder name will be gone.
- Rick click on folder and then go to the properties.
- There will be a customize tab where you will find Change icon button, click it.
- You can find several blank icons in the Win 7 collection. Select any blank icon and click OK.
If you are saving that folder on desktop then make sure that it is towards the right side of the screen
along the edge. Still, anyone can find this folder e.g. if you will press CTRL+A then it will select all the
files and folders including the invisible ones.
So, it is clear that if you want to hide a folder or file in Windows, you can do that but for better results,
you will have to use some paid services that are available on the internet.