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Hide your personal files and folders without the need of any special software

Updated on August 1, 2013

If your personal computer is used by persons other than you and if you wish to hide some of your files that you do not wish others to access, then it can easily be done. There are many softwares available over the web, to do this job. But most of them have to be paid. Even if you use a free software for it, then others who use your computer might see the software and question you on what you are hiding from them. So if you wish to hide files or folders without any special software then this tutorial is gonna fulfill you. All that you need is a Windows operated pc.

Step-by-step procedure:

Here we are doing the job using Command prompt. So to start it, you have to open the Run command. Press the Windows key and R at the same time. (If you're not sure where Windows key is located in your keyboard, refer the image below)

Now the Run command dialog box appears in the screen. It appears usually in the bottom left corner of the screen as shown in the below image.

Now we are about to open the command prompt using run command. In Run command, type cmd and hit Enter. This opens the command prompt window.

Now the Command prompt window appears in the screen. Its the window with a black background and this is the only thing that we use here to show or hide files.

Here you need to type the address of the file or folder, that you are about to hide. The address of the file or folder is shown in the address bar in the screen, as shown in the below image. Here I'm hiding a folder named Pictures which is located in the D:\ of my computer. The address of the folder goes like: D:\Pictures

Now we are going to type the commands to hide the folder. In the command prompt window type these commands:
attrib +s +h D:\Pictures
(Instead of D:\Pictures you type the address of the file or folder that you are hiding)

After typing those commands, hit enter. And voila, its now hidden.

Now that you have hidden the folder and if you wish to make it visible again, then follow the same steps, but replace the command prompt commands with the following and hit Enter:

attrib -s -h D:\Pictures

And its made visible.

All that you have to keep in mind is the address of the file or folder you're hiding. Because you'll need it to make it visible again.

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