Windows 7 comes with many amazing security features to help you protect your files and files. In Windows 7, you can set up a login password or lock your screen to stop unauthorized users. You could also create a password reset disk in case that you forget the login password in future and more. In this article, it's going to show you how to hide files and folders in Windows 7 operating system.
Windows 7 offers an easy way to quickly hide files and folders for a minimal level of security or simply to reduce clutter on your desktop. To get started, please follow the steps listed below:
Step 1. Click Start button -> Control Panel -> Appearance and Personalization -> Folder Options.
Step 2. Select View tab and select "Don't show hidden files, folders, or drives", and then click OK.
Step 3. Right-click on the file or folder you want to hide, select Properties at the bottom of the list.
Step 4. Select General tab, check the Hidden option under the Attributes section, and then click OK.
That's all! The file or folder is hidden now and you cannot see it on your computer. To view the file or folder again, you just need to select "Show hidden files, folders, or drives" option on the Folder Option window. That's very easy.
Additionally, there're many third-party programs that can hide your files and folders. Encryption software is a good example. Take Turecrypt for example. As the most popular free encryption software, it lets you create an encrypted volume for storing your important data. And it also enables to hide the volume for better security.
Moreover, there are some application professionally designed to hide your files and folders in Windows. Free Hide Folder is a free application that enables you to select a list of folders you would like to keep protected. By clicking the Hide button in the main menu, all the selected folders will magically disappear. If you want to access to them again you'll have to pass through the program which has a pre-selected password to enter.