How to Really Hide Folders Full of Questionable Content

Dave LeClair 14-12-2015

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First, you’ll want to change the name of the folder to something that looks like a Windows system file. In the image above I went with “OX Setup”, but you can name it anything you want.

Change Icon for OX Setup1

Next, you’ll need to change the icon How to Hide and Restore System Icons from the Desktop Can't find your Recycle Bin or other icons on your desktop? Here's how to get them back. Read More of the folder so no one will know it’s a folder in the first place. To do this, right-click on the folder, then click Properties. Click the far-right tab labeled Customize, then click Change Icon on the bottom of that screen.

From there, you can choose from tons of different icons for your folder. Pick one that looks like a system file How You Can Try the New Resilient File System for Windows A file system manages data stored on your computer. The Windows default is NTFS. ReFS promises improved resilience and will eventually replace NTFS. We show you its benefits and how you can try ReFS now. Read More that no one would want to click, and click Apply.

Now, when someone sees the folder, it will look like any other system file that they’d have no reason to click. For you, double-clicking on it opens it like any other folder. Just make sure you remember where you stored it!


How do you hide folders on your computer? Any cool tips? Share with us in the comments!

Related topics: Windows 10, Windows Tricks.

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  1. alsen
    April 6, 2016 at 1:46 am

    Gilisoft File Lock Pro Hide your private files/folders from local disk or external (USB) disk, completely invisible to anyone or any programs even under Windows Safe Mode.

  2. Anonymous
    December 16, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    To me, suggestions like this are counter-productive -- as there's always the risk of the nosey/savvy kid -- or even the spouse just stumbling upon!

    Download encryption software. There are many free and easy ones out there. Exactly which one? THAT would make for a good article -- anyhow, better than this one IMO.

  3. eman
    December 15, 2015 at 2:54 am

    let 'em know who you are ...

  4. Anonymous
    December 14, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    There's a thing called an Access Control List. If you don't want people getting in your stuff, no matter what it is, stick it on a disk drive that supports access permissions and then only give access to logins that should be allowed to see those things. If your permissions are set properly, other people won't even know that stuff is there.

    Or just keep it out in the open because normal people look at porn when they're on their own computers and the only people who should care what sick, sick things make you happy in your pants are the people who get to touch your downstairs anyway.

  5. Sanjay
    December 14, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    You could just choose to not download the stuff in the first place then you have nothing to hide.

    • Anonymous
      December 15, 2015 at 3:45 pm

      I Always Thought AMISH Were Not Into Technology.

      My Bad.

  6. December 14, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    rename them to filename.EXTENSION.TXT or filename.EXTENSION.DLL
    Well no one is going to read that are they?

  7. Fik of borg
    December 14, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    Valid suggestion, but one would expect a higher level method from a tech page, not a grandmother-level one.

  8. ChuckUFarley
    December 14, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    Even easier is to make logins for each user then go to the specific folder and assign permissions. Make yourself the person with complete access to modify,read,and use the directory. Remove "Everyone" from there and then only allow certain users read access or just yourself. NTFS permissions ftw

  9. Jamed Howde
    December 14, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    Oddly I've never thought of doing this - so thanks for the idea. Unfortunately I'm fairly organized on the computer so a system file in amongst the pictures folders is going to stick out a lot more than just renaming the porn stash to "Diesel Locomotives" or something.

  10. Robovotch
    December 14, 2015 at 11:47 am

    Switch user to a guest account ffs...

  11. Seba
    December 14, 2015 at 10:54 am

    Is this 1995? A simple search will show all the files, no matter how hidden. I used to do this as a kid!