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Finding Hidden Folders

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011 by | Filed Under: File & Disk Management, Security Help

Richard asks:

I have a folder which I tried to secure by adding password protection. In the Folder Properties, under the General tab, I saw and checked the Hidden box and successfully hid the folder. Now I can’t seem to find the newly hidden folder. How do I get access back to the folder? Also, how can I password protect it? I’m using Vista.

Richard, you can access your hidden folder by going to where it was stored (it’s still there) and clicking the Alt key. This will bring up a familiar looking menu at the top of the screen. By the way, you can also follow these steps in Windows 7.

Click on Tools, then Folder Options. In the Folder Options dialog box, click the View tab, and look for Show hidden files, folders and drives. Click the Radio button to the left.

Your folder will be in view, but will remain technically hidden until you follow the process you started with, and uncheck Hidden in the folder Properties.

Under the General tab, uncheck the Radio button beside the word Hidden.

Regarding password protection, I found no methods built into Windows, but the following is a way to limit access by others.

Begin with the same steps you used to hide the folder. Right click on the folder, select Properties, and under the Security tab, select the user or group whose permissions you’d like to modify.

Then, click the Edit button and, in the Permissions dialog box, you can select any or all of the checkboxes.

If you want deny all access, check all the boxes. When you’re done, click Apply and OK.

Once you’ve done this, only users logged in under your name will be able to access this folder.

Thanks for the question, Richard.


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2 Responses to “Finding Hidden Folders”

  1. […] Kerry. As far as I know, there are no folder lock features designed into Windows, but the article, Finding Hidden Folders, describes a built-in way to limit access. You might also consider the free software application, […]

  2. […] First, go to the C drive of your computer by going to Computer or File Explorer.  You’ll need to turn on Hidden items to get to the file we need, so on Windows 8, go to the View tab, then checkmark Hidden items. For accessing hidden folders on Windows 7 or Vista, see this article. […]

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