Introduction: How to Make an Invisible Folder

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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

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

a new folder should pop up...

Step 2: Making It Invisible!!!

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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)

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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


AbhishekR62 (author)2016-12-14

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

Thank you

FuluN (author)2016-08-09

Servelan (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.

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

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

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

Thanks very much!

bbby_snydr (author)2009-10-02

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

roryadam841 (author)bbby_snydr2014-12-15

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

HunterP3 (author)roryadam8412015-01-18

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

check the spotlight

mrmoneybagss (author)bbby_snydr2009-10-03

yes i do

jbryan (author)2008-11-25

It doesn't work T_T

mrmoneybagss (author)jbryan2008-11-26

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

randomguy96 (author)mrmoneybagss2009-05-30

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

make the name (space bar)

markajdavis (author)randomguy962015-02-23

On-screen keyboard :D

mrmoneybagss (author)randomguy962009-05-31

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

bgonzales3 (author)mrmoneybagss2012-11-21

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

Kwitmeh3 (author)mrmoneybagss2009-04-21

that helps a lot

JasonMyers (author)2009-08-22

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

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

markajdavis (author)JasonMyers2015-02-23

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

mrmoneybagss (author)JasonMyers2009-08-23

use the fn button.

AmandaD25 (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 :)

RAVIPRATA (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"

markajdavis (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.

Hitechcomputergeek. (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?

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...

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...

ArunK6 (author)2014-11-28

how to do video is available in the below link

have a nice day

MTAlcoreza (author)2014-09-13

i cant do it -_-

NexusF (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.

shubham_kothari432 (author)2014-04-10

thanks a ton for the precious info..for further in you go-->>

Real guy (author)2013-06-10

can also use
fn + alt mjom

(laptop only)

hassannaeem101 (author)2009-02-08

what if you have laptop

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

I do not know what you mean by that

davidarcheryugi (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?

DarkHood (author)2013-01-16

what if you don't have an fn button?

mrmoneybagss (author)2009-10-07

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

sulfur (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

sulfur (author)2009-08-28

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

varun61193 (author)2009-07-23

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

varun61193 (author)varun611932009-07-31

sorry but it says no internal or external command

mrmoneybagss (author)varun611932009-08-01
this video on youtube shows how to do it
it's not me though

varun61193 (author)mrmoneybagss2009-08-04

dude thanks that did work thanks a lot

mrmoneybagss (author)varun611932009-07-23

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

bob_0987 (author)2009-06-08


luigiman964 (author)2009-04-11

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

luigiman964 (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

rich3102 (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

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