Hiding files and folders is done when you are worried about the privacy of them or want to protect them from going out through some way. You may want to save your personal stuff personal and there arises the need to hide the files and folders.
There are many ways to hide files and folders on Windows 10/8.1/7 PC. You can use any of the way as per your choice to hide the files and folders on your Windows PC. If you are sharing your computer with others and want to keep some private files, docs or pictures hidden from then, the only way is to hide them. You can either hide them somewhere deep or simply encrypt them.
If multiple people use your computer and you want to hide your personal stuff from them, you can simply hide them using hidden option. It is a pretty easy way to hide the files, but unfortunately, it is very easy to show the hidden files as well. Users who have minimum basic knowledge on computer can do this.
So, it would be better if you don’t rely on this method to hide your files, if they are too personal. Operating system also hides many system files all by default so that they won’t create any disturbance to the user.
It is pretty easy to get access to the hidden files with few clicks whereas encryption makes it difficult to break and decode the files. Users having encryption key at hand can only access these hidden encrypted files.
How to hide a file or folder on Windows
Hide files or folders in Windows using Hide file option
It is very easy of a task to hide file or folder in Windows. With simple clicks you can hide the file or folder. So, here is the process for you to follow to hide file or folder.
Open the File Explorer and select the files or folders or both you want to hide.
Now, click on View present in the top of the window where you will see multiple options. From them, click on Hide selected items.
As soon as you click on that button, the files get instantly hidden.
This way, you can hide the files or folders on your Windows 7/8.1/0 PC. You won’t see the file anymore which implies that the file got hidden. There is a disadvantage that comes with this procedure i.e., the hidden files can be displayed back again by clicking on the hidden files option present on the same list. Anyone can click on the show hidden files to show the hidden files and folders. So, it is a little risk to hide the files this way. This way can be opted for users who don’t usually share their computer with others or who have friends who are not interested in your personal stuff.
This procedure should only be opted if you are not comfortable with seeing those files and folders right on your desktop or wherever you navigate. If you want a high level protection, you need to opt for another level of protection for your files and folders.
Hide files and folders in Windows through Properties window
You can also hide files and folders in Windows through Properties window. To hide a file or folder on Windows, follow the below steps:
Open Windows Explorer or File Explorer window.
Find the file or folder you want to hide.
Now Right-click on that particular file or folder and select Properties option.
In the Properties window, at the end of the page you can see Hidden. Enable the check box before Hidden and click Apply and OK. This will instantly hide your files and folders.
Hide files and folders in Windows using Encryption
The next level protection for files or folders is through encryption. You can just give password protection to the files or folders to hide them from others. You can do this by using 7Zip. 7Zip is a software that is designed to compress files.
To hide files and folders in Windows using Encryption, launch 7Zip.
Find the file or folder you want to hide in an encrypted archive, select the files and click on Add option.
Now, create a ZIP file or 7Zip file and allot a password in the encryption box.
Click Ok when you have set the password and there goes your encryption key.
Your files and folders are now protected with encryption key and no one can see them anymore as they are archived. Only password can open your encrypted files now. This process has better protection to offer to the files and folders than the earlier process.
Hide files and folders on Windows by renaming them with wrong extension
Other than the two tried and tested methods to hide files and folders on Windows, you can also use the renaming method. This method is a simple trick to get away the focus of other users from your files and folders by renaming them with different or wrong extensions. For instance, you can rename a text file .txt with .jpg extension to make it look like a different file overall. Though the other person opens it, they will see an error message.
Hide Files and folders on Windows using BitLocker
If you are still unsatisfied about the privacy of your files and folders on your system, then you can go an extra length and encrypt entire drive. You can also use BitLocker in the system to hide files and folders on Windows. You can find it in your system easily through Start Menu.
As soon as you search, you can see multiple options like BitLocker Drive Encryption, manage BitLocker etc. You can click on the BitLocker Drive Encryption option and set a password for it. This gives total protection to the files and folders stored on your hard drive and no maven can break it until and unless the apt password is provided.
These are the ways to hide files and folders in Windows 7/8.1/10 PC. Pick your method and hide your files to avoid privacy issues in the future.
So by using any one of the above ways you can safely hide/un-hide files & folders in any windows PC laptop. but always please take a backup of your data before performing any experiments or you are a newbie. we are not responsible for any kind of data damage or file corruptions. Please take advice from Experts. Thank you for reading this post.