Hide files and folders is essential, especially when you share a computer with others. On Windows 10, the user interface has changed a lot and so the operation of hiding files and folders is different from the previous version.
1. Hide a single file or folder
Hiding a single file or folder on Windows 10 is done exactly as it does on Windows 7. You follow these steps:
- Use File Explorer to navigate to the file and folder you want to hide. Once you’ve found it, just right click on the file or folder and select Properties.
- In the Properties window , you will see Attributes at the bottom. There are two available boxes that you should be aware of: Read-only and Hidden . Obviously, for the purposes of the article, you need to click on Hidden . From there, simply click OK or Apply to save the changes.
2. Hide multiple files and folders
To hide many files and folders, you do the following:
- Open File Explorer and select the files and folders you want to hide.
- At the top of the File Explorer window , click the View tab . This will display a number of different options, but you only need to pay attention to the Show / Hide option . In that section there is a button called Hide Selected Items. Clicking on it will open a dialog box asking you to confirm the change. It also asks if you want to hide the files and subfolders in the original file or folder that you have selected. To confirm your property change and hide the selected files and folders, click the OK button.
When files and folders are hidden, they will no longer be displayed in the File Explorer . To make them “reappear”, click on the View tab at the top of the File Explorer window . In the section labeled Show/Hide will have a checkbox named Hidden Items . Click on it to display hidden files and folders in that location. All hidden files and folders will appear with a slightly transparent icon so you can see what the hidden files and folders are and what normal files and folders are.
4. Hide your files really
The purpose of hiding your files is to keep them from curious eyes. Unfortunately, if someone is really humming, they just use a few mouse clicks to detect hidden files and hidden folders. Fortunately, there is a better way to hide what you want without even having to download any extra software.
Windows hides system files from the end user by default. Microsoft does this so that users do not accidentally delete any important files that the system needs them to function properly. These files do not appear in the File Explorer . To display them, the user must disable the Hide protected operating system files option.
To actually hide files, you will have to make Windows recognize them as system files. There is a way to do this, but you will have to be ready to use the command line. To access a command, you must open the Run utility by pressing Win + R.
In the Run dialog box , enter Cmd . A command prompt opens where you use the attribcommand to mark directories and files as a system file.
Such as the example below, the folder named Top Secret . To make Windows “treat” it as a file system, we enter the following command:
attrib +s +h “C:UsersNamDesktopTop Secret”
You replace the part in quotation marks with the path to your file and folder. If you want to make the folder appear again, simply replace the + with the – followed by the attrib command.
Here is an article that teaches you how to hide files and folders on Windows 10. With sensitive files and folders hidden in Windows, you do not have to worry about whether they’ll be seen by anyone.