How to make a hidden folder or file on your computer?
Certainly, many users are faced with the need to make a hidden folder or hide any file on their computer.
Hiding a folder or file can be done for various reasons.
1. In order not to accidentally delete an important folder or file, especially if other users have access to the computer.
2. A file or folder may be hidden due to confidential information that is not intended for just anybody to see.
It can just happen that a situation when a folder or file needs to be urgently and quickly hidden from outsiders and you will not have time to run special programs.
You can make a hidden folder using the operating system itself.
You can also use specially designed programs for this. And you can put a password on a folder or file, for example, using WinRAR or 7-Zip.
Using the Windows operating system, you can easily hide a folder or file, and you can also create an invisible folder.
Both methods are related and works fine in the operating systems: Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP.
In fact I have come across a situation where a blogger mistook the process of hiding a folder or file on a computer with the process of making a file or folder invisible. The person might have thought they meant the same thing.
How to hide a folder on a Windows computer
In order to make a hidden folder, you first need to right-click on the folder or file, and then select the “Properties” item in the context menu.
In the “Properties: folder name” window, in the “General” tab, in the “Attributes” section, you will need to check the box next to “Hidden” and then click on the “OK” button.
In order to hide a file, you need to follow the same process.
Next, the “Attribute Change Confirmation” window opens. In this window, you will need to select one of the options: “Apply changes only to this folder”, or “To this folder and to all subfolders and files”, and then click on the “OK” button.
“Confirmation of changes to this folder only” means only that folder will be hidden.
“To this folder and to all subfolders and files” means not only will that folder be hidden, but the folders and files attached to it will also be hidden.
By default, the “To this folder and to all subfolders and files” item is activated. In any case, the folder will be hidden and the folders and files in it will not be visible.
After that, the folder or file will become hidden and disappear from view on your desktop.
In order to show hidden folders or files in Windows, you must enable the display of hidden folders and files in the operating system.
This can be done from the “Control Panel” or from any folder. In the folder you will need to click on the menu button “Arrange” > “Folder and search options”.
After that, the “Folder options” window will open, in which you will need to open the “View” tab, and in the “Advanced settings” field, activate the “Show hidden files, folders and drives” item. Then click on the “OK” or “Apply” > “OK” button.
After that you can see the hidden folders again on your desktop.
After the computer has turned on the display of hidden folders and files, you can go to the hidden folders and files in order to make them visible again.
In order to display hidden folders, you will need to right-click on the hidden file or folder.
Such hidden folders or files will be displayed in a translucent form.
In the “Properties” window, in the “General” tab, you will need to uncheck the box next to “Hidden” and then click on the “OK” button.
If it was a hidden folder, then in the next window you will need to click on the “OK” button.
Attention! After you finish operations with hidden folders or files, do not forget to re-activate the item “Do not show hidden folders, files and drives” using the process described above.
How to create an invisible folder
First you need to create a new folder, or use an existing one. Any folder that you make invisible moves from the center to the edge of the screen so that it is not in the working part of the monitor. This is to stop it from being detected in its shielded form by others when that area of the Desktop is highlighted.
In order to make the folder invisible, you need to click on it with the right mouse button, and then click on the Rename context menu item.
On the keyboard, press and hold the “Alt” key, and on the number pad, enter the numbers “255” alternately.
After that, on the “Desktop” you will see a folder without a name. Though this folder is not yet hidden.
I just taught you how to create a folder without a name on your computer.
Next, right-click on the folder without a name, and select the “Properties” item in the context menu.
Then the “Properties” window opens. In this window, in the “Settings” tab, click on the “Change icon” button.
In the “Change icon for folder” window that opens, in the “Select an icon from the following list” field, you will need to find a free space with transparent icons, and then click on such a transparent icon.
After that, in both windows, click on the “OK” button.
The folder disappears from the “Desktop“, this folder has become invisible.
This method has disadvantages though.
Such an invisible folder will be noticeable when dragging another folder or file through this place, or when this part of the monitor screen is selected or highlighted.
The invisible folder can also be viewed using Explorer.
Open the Desktop folder in Windows Explorer. In this folder, you will see a folder with a transparent icon, which you can open in order to view the contents of the invisible folder.
In order that the invisible folder is not noticeable when you hover the mouse cursor over an area of the screen, or in a folder in the Explorer, you can make the invisible folder hidden. As a result, the hidden folder will have additional protection against detection.
1. Move the mouse cursor to the location of the invisible folder and right-click.
2. Select “Properties” in the context menu.
3. In the “Properties: folder name” window, in the “General” tab, in the “Attributes” section, check the “Hidden” check box, and then click on the “OK” button.
The invisible folder will become hidden and will not be highlighted when you hover the mouse cursor over its location on the Desktop.
How to make an invisible folder visible
In the place where the invisible folder is located, click on the invisible folder with the right mouse button. After that the context menu will open. In the context menu, click on the item “Properties“..
In the “Properties” window, open the “Settings” tab, and then click on the “Change Icon ...” button. In the “Change Icon for Folder” window, select the folder icon, and then in both windows, click on the “OK” button.
After that, the invisible folder becomes visible, only that it does not yet have a name.
In order to name the folder, right-click on the folder, and select “Rename” in the context menu. Then give the folder a new name.
In the Windows operating system, you can quickly make a hidden folder, as well as create an invisible folder that will disappear from view. Using a hidden or invisible folder feature, the user can hide data that is not intended for all to see.