Hiding files in windows – Beginners way

In this post i am going to share the easy way of hiding files and folders on your windows computer.

Task: Hiding files and folders in using ‘hidden attribute’.
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 5 minutes.

This post is helpful if you want to hide any particular file or folder on your computer just for time sake.

I would not recommend using this method to hide any important data because any technically sophisticated user can find out the hidden files or folders easily.

If you really want to hide an important file then i would suggest you to use any third party software which will lock your files safely by encrypting them.

Anyway, coming back to the topic. Lets see how to hide files – the easy way.

There are three points to consider in this procedure :

1) Applying ‘hidden attribute’ – To hide a file or folder.
2) Show hidden files or folders (To display files &  folders with hidden attribute).
3) Hide hidden files or folders (To hide files & folders with hidden attribute).

1) Applying Hidden Attribute

  • First let us see how to apply the hidden attribute to a file or a folder.
  • Suppose if you want to hide a folder named ‘Hello’. Then Right click on the folder > Click Properties.

  • The properties window will show up. Here you can see Attributes option contains ‘read only’ and ‘hidden’ attribute. Just check the hidden attribute and click on OK.
  • And once you click OK your ‘Hello’ folder will disappear.

Note: Your folder has disappeared because it is marked as ‘hidden’. And the default system settings is “hide the files/folders having hidden attribute”.

2.1) Show/Hide hidden files or folders – Windows XP

To show or hide hidden files or folders you have to access folder options in windows.

  • Go to My Computer > Tools > Folder options.

  • Then in folder options click on view tab.

  • Now see the option “Hidden files and folders”
  • You can either select “Do not show hidden files and folders” or “Show hidden files and folders”
  • If you select “Do not show hidden files and folders” then files and folders having “hidden” attribute will not be shown.
  • And if you select “Show hidden files and folders” then files and folders having “hidden” attribute will be shown.

2.2) Show/Hide hidden files or folders – Windows 7

  • Go to My Computer > Organize > Folder and search options.

  • Then click on view tab.

  • Now see the option “Hidden files and folders”
  • You can either select “Do not show hidden files and folders” or “Show hidden files and folders”
  • If you select “Do not show hidden files and folders” then files and folders having “hidden” attribute will not be shown.
  • And if you select “Show hidden files and folders” then files and folders having “hidden” attribute will be shown.

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