Creating a Hidden Folder


Introduction: Creating a Hidden Folder

In this Instructable we are going to create a hidden folder which can't be accesed unless you know it's there.
Since this may be your first time creating one, it's probably best to start with a new folder. I've called mine "Test folder" and put a few files in there. (Note: Just because this folder will be hidden, doesn't mean it has limitations. You can put anything you'd put in a normal folder in there.)

Step 1:

Step 2: Hiding It

Click on the check box that says "Hidden". Press apply and choose the second option from the dialogue box that appears. Press "OK".

Step 3:

Your screen should look like this. (Or similar if you're using Windows 7.)

Step 4: Finding It

Search for your folders name or thereabouts. You will notice your folder is not there. To find it press advanced search (see screenshot) and then the "Include non-index, hidden and system files." checkbress search. To make it visible again right click on it and go to the properties. Uncheck the "Hidden" option then press apply. On the prompt that appears press OK.



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    - Why is there one 'name' on the 'ible - and a different 'name' on the download. How to CREATE suspicion that keeps people from downloading something.

    Just a heads up, hidden folders really don't do much. Most everyone these days knows that if you go to "Tools"-"Folder Options"-"View" and click on "Show Hidden Files, Folders, and Drives", then you can still see it. A safer option is to make it system hidden through a command prompt. Although it is still very easy to make it visible again, most people get deterred by the message that says that you could "make your computer blow up."

    Yes, most people learn how this bit of Windows works early on. So people like me always turn off the hidden function and never use it.


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    I appreciate your efforts 'Cats life for me!' but I have one BIG caveat that people need to be aware of.

    This is NOT a secure way to hide/protect files from anyone with a working knowledge of Windows file systems. It might hide it from some of the "old folks" but not from people with even a minimal knowledge of the OS.

    If you're really concerned about protecting files you should look into encryption, even the Windows built-in will give you some protection (if you're willing to trust "The Evil Empire").

    Given my cynical nature, (some would say 'paranoid' - I usually point out that 'even paranoids have enemies!") I have more trust in "open source" alternatives where independent eyes can review the code for back-doors and other such crap. "True Crypt" ( and "GNU PG" ( are just two examples and there are lots of others out there. People just need to be cautious about what they download; if you find something on Sourceforge ( or even cNet Downloads ( I'd trust it over any random web site. But, once again, I'd choose "open source" for the reasons stated above.

    That said, don't let my criticism discourage you from future postings. All legitimate efforts are welcomed and embraced. It wasn't a personal reproach but rather a "heads-up" for anyone who might not have the knowledge to avoid the pitfalls of this method.

    Always willing to add my 2¢... take it for what it's worth. ;-)

    You should perhaps title your Instructable "Creating a Hidden Folder" or something other than "Getting Started"

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