Ever wanted to save your programs hidden form your fellow users in college?
Or some secret files? Serial Keys?
Any file(s) can be hidden using this technique!
Prerequisites : You should know how a folder works on a Windows System
And some command prompt skills, like Changing a directory.
The customization part is coming up!
Step 1: Start by Creating an New Folder
1.Browse to a location where it is very difficult to guess hidden data. Like a folder deep within softwares drive or a very less visited folder.
2.Create a new Folder by Right clicking on workspace area (the white space)->New->Folder.
Step 2: Go to the Folder Properties
1.Right Click on the folder icon
Step 3: Customize Icon
1.Go to customize tab
2.Head over to "Change Icon" (Refer image)
3.Once the box appears for changing icon, Select a BLANK icon.
5.Click Ok in the new folder properties.
Step 4: Rename Your Folder
1.Rename your folder and delete the previous name
2.While editing the folder name, hold ALT and press keys 0160 (ALT+0160) individually on your numpad*
ALT+0160 is used to obtain a blank character.
* If you don't have a numpad, keypad is located on your laptop keyboard
If not open the Character Map(Found in Start -> All programs -> Accessories -> System tools and select a blank character from the list.
Select the Arial font
Select a blank character and drag it to the blank area besides Characters to copy., select the character and hit copy.
Now you have a blank character on your clipboard, and paste it while editing the new folder's name
You should now get a blank folder by now.
Step 5: Use Attrib to Make Your Folder Invisible*
1.Open cmd, Change directory to where you created new folder.
2.After you get there use "attrib +s +h /s /d" ,without quotes to make the hidden folder invisible*.
*Folder is applied System and Hidden attribute.
Thats it ! You now have a secret folder !
Note : attrib is a command to display or set attributes to a folder/file
attrib has several parameters.
Further help can be found by typing "help attrib" in cmd without quotes.
Step 6: Accessing Your Newly Created INVISIBLE Folder
What use would it be to make a secret invisible folder, and not being able to use it!
Its like getting locked outside your own house :P
To access the invisible folder :
1.Head over to address bar.
You might still have the special character on your clipboard, its time to use it again.
(If you have lost it, have a look at previous steps, and you'll come to know instantly!)
2.Paste the special character at the appropriate space in the Address Bar.
You are now in your invisible folder!
Step 7: Change From Invisible to Visible
Hey, what if you want to change the folder from invisible to visible again? Change of plans?
Here is how to do it :
We had set the System and Hidden attribute to the folder.
Its time to revoke it.
1.Browse to your folder in cmd.
2.Type "attrib -s -h /s /d" without quotes.
You should see the hidden folder now.