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Everyone has certain files that s/he would rather keep private, especially guys. One of the ways to do that is to make such files hidden and bury them deep in the system files. The problem with such approach is that it’s not really conveninet if you need to access those files on a regular basis. So if you’re interested in something more conveninet, here are two simple ways to keep “important” files invisible and only a click a way.

1. Make the Folder Invisible (not hidden)

This works both on Windows XP and Vista, not sure about other Win versions. What this will do is make selected folder invisble, not hidden. The folder will be only visible when you try to highlight it (see below). If you want to make sure that no one discovers it by chance then also move it to the corner of the screen.

Make Windows Folder Invisible

How to Create Invisible Folder ?

    1. Create a new folder.

    2. Rename: Highlight the folder and Click ‘F2’ button. Hold the ‘Alt’ key and type in 0160 (you won’t see those 0160 numbers while typing them). Press Enter. Note, you have to use the numpad to enter these numbers.

    3. Change icon: Righ click the folder >> Properties >> Customize >> Change the icon >> Select the blank one >> Ok.

    Change Folder Icon

    4. Done.

2. Hide Folders/Files in Images

This trick has been around for a while and there are plenty of tutorials out there. One of the better ones is the one created by Jimmy Ruska, check it out below.

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In case you can’t stream the video see step-by-step instructions below.

    1. First compress the file using your favorite compression program.

    2. Move the archive (some-archive.zip) and the image you want to use to for hiding the files (some-image.jpg) to the folder of your choice.

    3. Open Windows command prompt: ‘ Start >> Run >> cmd ‘

    4. Navigate to the folder from step 2. If you are not familiar with the command line commands, then use ‘cd ..’ to go one level upwards and ‘cd folder_name‘ to go one level down. This should be enough to get you to the right folder.

    5. Once there, enter the following command:

    COPY /B some-image.jpg + some-archive.zip new-image.jpg

    Where the new-image.jpg is the name of the final image that will hold your files.

    6. Confirm that everything went smoothly by opening newly created image file using your favorite archive program.

    7. Done.

Do you know of any other ways to hide files? Let us know in comments.

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