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Hidden folder in Windows 7: How to create a hidden folder in Windows 7?

Updated on June 19, 2011

Sometimes you want to hide some folders or files of your computer. Do you ever feel to hide any folder or file? Most people often use several software to hide any folder. But you can easily hide any folder without using any software and make it hide from your parents, friends, brothers, sisters or any other people. This page will tell you the ways to hide any folder in Windows 7 without using any software. The techniques to hide any folder will work for all versions of Windows 7 including Ultimate, Ultimate, Premium, Professional, Basic, Starter and Enterprise edition.

Windows 7 desktop appearance before hidden a folder "Hide It".
Windows 7 desktop appearance before hidden a folder "Hide It".
Windows 7 Desktop appearance after hidden the folder "Hide It"
Windows 7 Desktop appearance after hidden the folder "Hide It"

Steps to hide folders without using any software:

Follow the following steps to hide folders without using any software:

  1. Firstly, create a new folder.
  2. Right-click on the newly created folder and from the the menu select Rename option.
  3. Hold Alt key and press 9 key nine times and then press Enter key. You will see a blank folder name for that folder.
  4. Again right-click on that folder and select Properties.
  5. From the properties window, select Customize tab.
  6. Select Change Icon form the Folder icons part.
  7. Now, select a blank folder icon form the Change Icon for Folder window.
  8. Click on OK button.
  9. Again, click on OK button of the folder properties.

That's all. You will see that the folder is invisible or hidden. In this way, you can easily hide any folder from others in Windows 7 all versions including Ultimate, Ultimate, Premium, Professional, Basic, Starter and Enterprise edition.

If you face any difficulties or problem of the above instructions, then tell me in the comment section and I will try to help you.

@Written by rancidTaste.


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      johnathan 3 years ago

      There are multiple invisible icons in windows 7. Find the right one.

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      corey 4 years ago

      doesn't wk w/9 key 9 times

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      bloop 5 years ago

      The "Invisible Folder" Is a black square on my desktop

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      krish 5 years ago

      I had tried it it was successful but please tell me how it works?

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      banu 5 years ago

      how can i see the hidden folder does anyone tell me?


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      manni 5 years ago

      when i make hidden folder than it takes space and when i move the cursor on that hidden folder than the hidden folder is appear their and it take space their any trick to prevent the appearance and space of that folder, otherwise anyone can see that folder. Thank you

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      Prince Chimex 5 years ago

      Its amazing it works perfectly well

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      James 5 years ago

      When ever I select an invisible icon, i get a black box.

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      Revan 5 years ago

      Check Your Pad first. With me, when i pushed number "9" without "alt" -- number "3" appeared !!

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      shyam 5 years ago

      i tried too but it didnot work i had win 7 (64 bit) is it the problem

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      Sarah 5 years ago

      what if you only have the numbers above the keyboard and no number pad?

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      Rocky 5 years ago

      I get a black square when I sellect and apply the icon. Does anyone know why or how to make it transparent?

      thanks :)

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      Rohit Bavaskar 5 years ago


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      brajesh 6 years ago

      don,t press 9 key 9 times only hold alt key and type the no.255 in the right side of keyboard.

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      Nick 6 years ago

      HI, so I got the name to be 'invisible' but, when I go to the icons, I can see 4 blank icons, but each of them leaves a black box, and isn't really invisible, can anyone help? :S

      Thanks :)

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      neel 6 years ago

      stella you can press right button and hold it and drag it on the whole computer screen or you can say you can do the who;e screen blue and you will see the invisible folder easily...

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      neel 6 years ago

      dont press alt direct frist click on folder name when you do rename, then now u will press 9 times.... it will works and then dp right click and costomize option is visible in above options the 5th one is costomize option..

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      Sabyasachi mishra 6 years ago

      o thank u ,it works nicely

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      Stella 6 years ago

      So I did this and it worked... however now i'm trying to figure out how to undo it to make the folder visible... or even make it possible to delete the folder cause i can't seem to delete it now.???

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      jill 6 years ago

      works perfee

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      Anonymus 6 years ago

      the folder name is "O"

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      Raj 6 years ago

      it's not working

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      Jay 6 years ago

      If it doesn't show the customized tab, create another folder on your desktop, and do the above instructions with that. Afterward, drag it to wherever you need to, and drag the folder you wish to hide in it. With folders on desktop, it allows you to customize.

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      IVA 6 years ago

      its space is still there so anyone can access it... is there a way to hide that...

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      cj  6 years ago

      all you got to do is use an alt code, alt code 255 all you have to do is hold the alt key and press 255 on your side keypad, this alt code is know as blank this will work and there you go

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      Mene 6 years ago

      When you right-click a folder and choose Properties, the Customize tab may be missing. The Customize tab lets you choose a Folder icon, Thumbnail image and set the Folder type of a folder.

      Note that the system folders such as Windows, Program Files, My Documents, My Pictures, My Music do not have the customize tab. This is by design, and cannot be changed.

      If the Customize tab is missing for each and every folder in the hard disk (non-system folders), follow these steps to get the Customize tab back.

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      wijebandara 6 years ago

      how to see hidden folder and name

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      madhav 6 years ago

      hey guise this is so simple, just press key f2 an option come to rename it then press alt and type 255, nothing is going to type thats what we want to do then press enter and a folder becomes without a name.

      then go to the properties at the right up level a customize option comes then go to change icon click it a number of folder icon come scroll it there come an invisible option click it and apply it, here u go guise it become invisible. still it show some thing put that folder on desktop n see it become invisible.

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      anon 7 years ago

      you need to use num lock if you don't have a number pad

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      Son Goku  7 years ago

      it works fine. if ur making it to be in another folder right click the bar at the top then un check all the checks next to name, type, size, etc. then make ur invisible folder. if theres a blank spot then put back name on, den click it. that folder will have moved to the bottom of the list then there you go.

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      @mr critical thinking 7 years ago

      try right clicking on the screen and selecting "sort by" and selecting "name"!

      but if that dosent work...try something else like "size","item type","date modified"!

      i hope it helps! :)

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      Rohan 7 years ago

      for those of u who have problems....

      1)turn ur numlock on

      2)DO NOT press enter after pressing 9 nine times!

      3)you have to be a little quick wen ure pressing 9 on ur numpad!

      4)after u press 9 nine times, you wont see anything cuz dats the point! it is like a spacebar but the difference is that the computer accepts it!

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      lalu 7 years ago

      this is not work

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      Davis 7 years ago

      Great This really works!!!

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      Sehrish  7 years ago

      It's Working

      Thanks !!!!!!!

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      manish 7 years ago

      how to see a hidden folder.

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      Aman 7 years ago

      if we wnt to open the hide folder...then what will we do?

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      Scott 7 years ago

      How about under properties, just choosing "hidden"... you can re-reveal under the view tab of folder options...

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      Mr Critical Thinking 7 years ago

      One little problem... while there is no visible icon or name, it keeps it's place. So there's a rather conspicuous blank spot at the top above all my other folders. Also, it's details are still very visible in Detail view. And it's still included in the item count in the status bar at the bottom of the file window and is included in Select All or mouse selections. So basically anyone who's looking for it will find it with little trouble. So this method is pretty lame, really.

      Anyone got something better?

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      worked for me 7 years ago

      Both alt+255 and alt9(*pressed 9 time) worked.

      Works only on number pad as reported before, just remember to hit Enter as soon as you're done pressing all the nines and released the alt key.

      I also was able to change the icon and make it invisible. *There is no option to change the icon image for files, but there should be a customization tab for folders in the properties section.

      using Windows 7 Home Prem 64bit

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      ajay 7 years ago

      it works only by numer laptop activate NUM LK.

      then press the key 9....

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      Diego 7 years ago

      I don't have an option in properties that says "customize"

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      helper 7 years ago

      press and hold alt not alt gr now on the numpad right of the keyboard press 999999999 release alt now click enter name will be blank.

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      Marissa 7 years ago

      Press 9 on the left number pad nine times, quickly. Let go of Alt. The name part is blank now. Press enter.

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      deeds 7 years ago

      use alt+255 on the numpad

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      Chris 7 years ago

      I pushed 9 on the numbers above my keyboard and it didn't work, but it worked when pushing 9 on the numpad. Try that guys.

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      gamini 7 years ago

      did not work for me either. can not get the folder name with alt. key pressed. and when right clicked and select properties , their is no option as customize.

      so all in all this did not work. :(

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      vineet 7 years ago

      it is still not working.....

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      david bandel 7 years ago

      yes.. this is nonsense. holding down alt made it so nothing was typed.

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      Will 7 years ago

      Do you press "enter" while still holding down the ALT key or after releasing it? Did not work for me (either way) in Win 7 64 BIT...

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      7 years ago

      You can still see a little of it