Introduction: How to Make an Invisible Folder

This instructable will teach you how to make an invisible folder. You can hide lots of things in it and nobody, but you!

NOTE: This instructable works for Windows 7, Vista, and XP. I'm not sure if this works for Windows 2000 and earlier (someone please help me on this.)

Step 1: Getting the Folder

1. right click on your desktop
2. go to "new"
3. click "folder"

a new folder should pop up...

Step 2: Making It Invisible!!!

1. right click on the folder
2. click on "properties"
3. click on "customize"
4. click on "change icon"
5. click on a blank space

it should be invisible...

Step 3: Finishing It Up (Optional)

NOTE: this is optional

making the words invisible:

1. go to properties
2. go to the rename box
3. hold ALT and press "0160" in the box (use a number pad)

Now you can hide all the stuff you want to in it!

Step 4: If You Have Vista

I just got vista not too long ago. I also found this annoying bug in vista. My invisible folders wont delete!

Here's what you do:

1. hold "shift" and "right-click" the desktop
2. click "open command window here"
the command prompt should open
3. type in:
ren "(hold alt and press 0160)" temp
4. move the folder into the recycle bin

Comments

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AbhishekR62 made it!(author)2016-12-14

Do you know you can create a folder without any name ? for that follow this link

https://www.geeksunboxed.com/create-folder-without-name-windows/

Thank you

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FuluN made it!(author)2016-08-09

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Servelan made it!(author)2016-05-22

If you use ALT + 255, you actually do hide the title of the folder. Alt + 160 gives you an accented a, not a blank.

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HadarN made it!(author)2016-03-08

It's realy working!! Thanks!!!!

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SirNoob made it!(author)2015-12-28

Thanks very much!

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bbby_snydr made it!(author)2009-10-02

You do realize that the file path is still visible when you do a search, don't you?

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roryadam841 made it!(author)2014-12-15

shift+right click on desktop (or wherever your folder is) select "open command window here". then in the command window type: attrib "alt+0160" +s +h

and then press enter ...your folder will not be able to be found until you reverse the applied attribute.... example. attrib "" -s -h enter

hope thats understandlable ...cheers

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HunterP3 made it!(author)2015-01-18

I still cant find the folder even on my desktop its not there anymore

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That+kid+who+knows+more+than+u made it!(author)2015-11-14

check the spotlight

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mrmoneybagss made it!(author)2009-10-03

yes i do

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jbryan made it!(author)2008-11-25

It doesn't work T_T

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mrmoneybagss made it!(author)2008-11-26

how does it not work? are you typing the numbers correctly? (you have to use the number pad not the numbers above the keys)

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randomguy96 made it!(author)2009-05-30

But what if you don't have a number pad, hmmm? What happens then?

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That+kid+who+knows+more+than+u made it!(author)2015-11-14

make the name (space bar)

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markajdavis made it!(author)2015-02-23

On-screen keyboard :D

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mrmoneybagss made it!(author)2009-05-31

then you most likely have a laptop!!! you would then use the FN button and since all keyboards are a little different check you're manual

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bgonzales3 made it!(author)2012-11-21

do we have to press alt while pressing fn in the loptop

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Kwitmeh3 made it!(author)2009-04-21

that helps a lot

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JasonMyers made it!(author)2009-08-22

I have a laptop, which means no number pad. How do I change the name so that it's invisible?

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That+kid+who+knows+more+than+u made it!(author)2015-11-14

Under the rename thingy, just press the space bar a few times.

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markajdavis made it!(author)2015-02-23

I used on screen keyboard - Worked fine clicking Alt then 0160.

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mrmoneybagss made it!(author)2009-08-23

use the fn button.

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AmandaD25 made it!(author)2015-09-03

This was awesome. It worked for the most part, but i guess since i dont have a number pad, i couldnt get the words to turn invisible. Thanks for the help. I made it, but i cant check the box because its invisible so i cant really show an image. LOL :)

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RAVIPRATA made it!(author)2015-03-14

for those of you getting black folder u can try changing the size of the icons by holding "control" + scroll "down"/ "up"

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markajdavis made it!(author)2015-03-01

Sorry I don't think I explained myself - What I meant was when you go into the folder's properties to choose the blank icon, on my computer among all the available icons that I could choose, there were 3 blank icons. I tried to add a screenshot but it won't let me. Hope I helped.

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Hitechcomputergeek. made it!(author)2014-08-12

Works perfectly on Vista (except I couldn't delete it, because Vista sucks), and it works on Windows 7, but whenever I log out and back in, the icon on the folder turns a solid black and I have to change it again! Anyone else have this?

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markajdavis made it!(author)2015-02-23

On my computer (Windows 8) I had the same problem. Turns out that there are 3 different invisible icons. I ran through them all and one of them didn't go black. Just try each one...

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Hitechcomputergeek. made it!(author)2015-03-01

Wait, how are there three? Are they all folders? The only way I can think of for there to be three is if you did this three times...

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ArunK6 made it!(author)2014-11-28

how to do video is available in the below link

have a nice day

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MTAlcoreza made it!(author)2014-09-13

i cant do it -_-

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NexusF made it!(author)2014-08-31

there is a thing called character map built in to your laptop or pc. The areal change it to a setting called Fixedsys and there is a blank word that you click and then press copy then rename your folder and paste it in. After all that just press enter its that easy.

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shubham_kothari432 made it!(author)2014-04-10

thanks a ton for the precious info..for further in details..here you go-->> http://www.letstechnology.com/

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Real+guy made it!(author)2013-06-10

can also use
fn + alt mjom

(laptop only)

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hassannaeem101 made it!(author)2009-02-08

what if you have laptop

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mrmoneybagss made it!(author)2009-02-08

ok this applys for all laptop users and some desktop users if your laptop has the "fn" button, 1. hold "fn" 2. press the numbers (usually found on "u, i, o, j, k, l, & m") 3. then type in the 0160 thing

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davidarcheryugi made it!(author)2013-06-10

I do not know what you mean by that

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davidarcheryugi made it!(author)2013-06-10

good job but it still shows the title so people can easly just open it up how do we get it with out the title?

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DarkHood made it!(author)2013-01-16

what if you don't have an fn button?

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mrmoneybagss made it!(author)2009-10-07

Hey everybody. It's me 15krypto. Just telling you all that I have (hopfully) made the pictures more clear.

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sulfur made it!(author)2009-08-28

i already know what is the fn button. and i conclued that it was a stupid question =)
now my secret folders are safe
continue with the great job

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sulfur made it!(author)2009-08-28

sorry but i don´t know what is the "fn button". can you help me? this instructable is very cool!!

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varun61193 made it!(author)2009-07-23

hey hi the invisible thing worked but im not able to able to delete it

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varun61193 made it!(author)2009-07-31

sorry but it says no internal or external command

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mrmoneybagss made it!(author)2009-08-01

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKD_sOT73v0
this video on youtube shows how to do it
it's not me though

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varun61193 made it!(author)2009-08-04

dude thanks that did work thanks a lot

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mrmoneybagss made it!(author)2009-07-23

i'm guessing you have vista.
so what you do is...

1. hold SHIFT and press right click on your desktop (not the icon)
2. choose "open command window here"
3. then type in rename "@" temp
replace @ with (hold ALT and press 0160)
4. delete folder

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bob_0987 made it!(author)2009-06-08

SHWEET!

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luigiman964 made it!(author)2009-04-11

doesn't matter I have deleted it now. anyway I made another one and kept It so thanks.

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luigiman964 made it!(author)2009-04-11

I tried to delete the folder but it said that it wasn't an internal or external command, operable program or batch folder. could you tell me exactly what to type in (so i can copy and paste it). thanks

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rich3102 made it!(author)2009-04-06

This is nice, but I use a program called Folder Vault: You can lock folders and completely hide files and folders. It does encryption too. U can also put it in stealth mode and even the program is completely hidden :) Very Very low-key

http://gearboxcomputers.com

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