three easy way to hide a folder on Windows 10
Almost every Windows 10 users keep some confidential files or folder in their laptop or desktop those they don’t want to share with everyone as these secret contents can be misuse or accidentally delete by others. Therefore, we have to keep those files or folders hidden from the others to counteract those mishaps.

You may know that lots of third-party applications are out there for Windows 10 to hide a file or folder. Though using the third-party application is preferable in this context, a rare chance of privacy breaches is still there.

On the other hand, Windows itself provides a few features to hide a file or folder. However, for this, some manual action is needed but these are quite easy and effective. So in this post, I will share three ways to hide a folder on Windows 10 without using any software.

    How To Hide A Folder On Windows 10 Using File Explorer:

    Using File Explorer is the easiest way to hide a folder on Windows 10. To hide a folder

    Step 1: Open File Explorer by pressing Win+E key together.
    Step 2: Create a new folder and move those files you want to hide to the newly created folder. For example: here I create a folder name ‘secret folder’.
    Step 3: Right-click on the folder and then click on Properties.

    How to hide folder in Windows 10 Using File Explorer-Folder Properties
    Step 4: On the General tab, under Attributes, tick the checkbox near the Hidden option and click Ok.
    Step 5: Make sure whether you want to apply the hidden attribute to the folder only or the folder along with its subfolder and files.
    How to hide a folder on Windows 10 using  File Explorer-Apply Hidden Attribute To the Folder,Sub folder, and Files
    Step 6: Click on Ok.
    Once you have completed the above steps, the folder will not be visible anymore as by default windows 10 doesn’t show hidden files or folders. Even if the folder remain visible then you need to follow the below steps
    Step 7: Open File Explorer again.
    Step 8: Click on View.
    Step 9: Untick the checkbox near the Hidden Items.
    Now the folder will surely be no longer visible.
    Note: Still the anyone can access the files folder by typing the address of the folder on the Address bar of the file explorer. So to stop this you have to do one more thing i.e
    >>Navigate to the folder and right-click on it again.
    >> Click on Properties.
    >>On the General tab, under Attributes, click on the Advanced option.
    How to hide a folder on Windows 10 using  File Explorer- Folder Advanced Option
    >>Untick the checkbox beside “Allow files in this folder to have contents indexed in addition to file properties
    >>Click on Ok.
    To make the folder visible repeat the step 7 and 8 and the tick the checkbox near to the Hidden Items.

    How To Hide A Folder On Windows 10 Using Command Prompt:

    Hiding a folder on Windows 10 using Command Prompt is comparatively secure than the first method i.e using File explorer, as here anyone can’t unhide your secret folder easily unless they know the address of that particular folder. To hide a folder using Command Prompt

    Step 1: Open File Explorer and navigate to the folder you want to hide.
    Step 2: Copy the folder address from the Address bar of File Explorer.
    Step 3: Now press Win+X key together and then click on Command Prompt(Admin).

    How To Hide A Folder On Windows 10 Using Command Prompt-Run Command Prompt
    Step 4: Click Yes on the pop-up box.
    Step 5: Type the following command and press Enter.
    attrib D:HideSecretFolder +s +h
    How To Hide A Folder On Windows 10 Using Command Prompt-Enter command
    Paste the folder address that you copied in place of D:HideSecretFolder



    To make this folder visible again type the same command on the Command Prompt but change the “+” sign to “-” sign. Like below

    attrib D:HideSecretFolder -s -h

    How To Create Password Protected Hidden Folder On Windows 10:

    Last but not least, the most sneakier way to hide a folder on Windows 10 is that create a password-protected hidden folder using the batch file. To do this

    Step 1: Copy the below code and paste it on the Notepad++ or any text editor.

    cls @ECHO OFF title Folder Locker if EXIST “Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}” goto UNLOCK if NOT EXIST gettechsupport goto MDgettechsupport :CONFIRM echo Are you sure u want to Lock the folder(Y/N) set/p “cho=>” if %cho%==Y goto LOCK if %cho%==y goto LOCK if %cho%==n goto END if %cho%==N goto END echo Invalid choice. goto CONFIRM :LOCK ren gettechsupport “Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}” attrib +h +s “Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}” echo Folder locked goto End :UNLOCK echo Enter password to Unlock folder set/p “pass=>” if NOT %pass%== 12345 goto FAIL attrib -h -s “Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}” ren “Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}” gettechsupport echo Folder Unlocked successfully goto End :FAIL echo Invalid password goto end :MDgettechsupport md gettechsupport echo gettechsupport created successfully goto End :End
    Step 2: Find all “gettechsupport” and replace it with the name that you want to keep the name of your secret folder. Example: If you replace “gettechsupport” with “top secret” then “top secret” will be your password-protected hidden folder.
    Step 3: Find “12345” and replace it with the password that you want to set for this folder.
    Step 4: Add “.bat” attribute after the file name and save this file anywhere on your computer.
    How To Create Password Protected Hidden Folder On Windows 10-add .bat attribute
    Step 5: Double-click on the .bat file, now you will see that a new folder is created automatically with the name that you put in place of “gettechsupport”
    How To Create Password Protected Hidden Folder On Windows 10-password protected folder
    Step 6: Move all of your confidential files or folders to this folder.
    Step 7: Run the batch file again and press “y” then “Enter
    How To Create Password Protected Hidden Folder On Windows 10-press  y
    Once you complete the above steps, the folder will not be visible anymore. To access this folder
    Run the batch file and put the password that you set previously on the command box and then press Enter.
    How To Create Password Protected Hidden Folder On Windows 10-enter password
    That’s the three ways to hide a folder on Windows 10 those I have tried to represent in a quite simple way through this post, moreover if you have any questions or if you face any problem then please let me know through our comment section below.

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