How to Make An Invisible Password Protected Folder

Password-protected-folderDo you want to password protect your folder? Do you want to make it invisible so that it remains unnoticed by other users of your PC? Well, here is a way to do that.

In this post, I will show you how to make an invisible password protected folder in Windows without using any additional software.

How to Create a Password Protected Folder?

Here is is step-by-step procedure to do this:

Step-1: Create a new folder (Right-click -> New -> Folder) and give it any name of your choice. For instance I name it as ABC.

Step-2: Now, in this folder place all the important files, documents or any folders that you want to password protect.

Step-3: Right-click on this folder (ABC) and select the option Send To -> Compressed (zipped) Folder.

Step-4: Now a new compressed zipped folder gets created next this folder (ABC) with the same name.

Step-5: Double-click on this compressed zipped folder and you should see your original folder (ABC) here.

Step-6: Now go to the File menu and select the option Add a password (File -> Add a password)

Now a small window will pop up and here you can set your desired password. Once the password is set, the folder will ask for the password every time it is opened. Thus ,you have now created the password protected folder.

How to Make the Folder Invisible?

Step-1: Right-click on this password protected folder and select Properties.

Step-2: At the bottom select the option Hidden and press OK. Now your folder gets invisible (hidden).

Step-3: In order to unhide this folder, go to My Computer -> Tools -> Folder options. Switch to View tab, scroll down and under Hidden files and folders you’ll see the following two options:

  • Do not show hidden files and folders.
  • Show hidden files and folders.

Select the second option and press OK. Now the invisible folder becomes visible in its location. To access it you need the password. To make it invisible again, repeat step -1 through step-3 and select the first option and click OK. Now, the folder becomes invisible once again.

I hope that you’ve now understood how to create an invisible password protected folder in Windows. If you like this post, pass your comments! Cheers :)


  1. Azmat
    December 11, 2009 at 9:55 PM

    i’ve got a problem thts its not enabling the option of show hidden files and folders, whenever i select it and click ok then when i recheck its deselected again…. is there any virus??

    • Srikanth
      December 29, 2009 at 2:15 PM

      @ Azmat

      Seems like it is the result of some virus/malicious program. Please perform a complete virus scan for your computer.

  2. Shyju
    December 15, 2009 at 2:46 PM

    After giving password, it opens without asking passowrd

  3. rajkumbh
    December 18, 2009 at 9:12 PM

    So what is the hack in it. It is all telling people about the features of Windows XP

  4. Fenil
    December 19, 2009 at 7:39 PM

    HI this is really wrkng I like ths THNX keep IT up I like this trck most thnx onece again………………Keep IT up/////////

  5. Amarjit Singh
    December 21, 2009 at 3:26 PM

    Is there any way to crack this password.

  6. roshan
    December 21, 2009 at 3:44 PM

    it doesnt work with WINRAR

  7. JED
    December 25, 2009 at 5:37 AM

    thres no “add a pasword”

    How cAN i do that……send 2 (winzip)when i send it become a winrar type…..

    ang to be axtracted only….!!

  8. JED
    December 25, 2009 at 6:34 AM

    cozzzz…. i have a winrar.. softwere…..
    plsssss… replay….. i what to nkow how to do that….

    • Srikanth
      December 29, 2009 at 1:51 PM

      @ JED

      If you have Winrar then you can use it by default to set the password. The above trick works only in the absense of Winrar/Winzip

    December 26, 2009 at 3:19 PM

    i have implemented it on my folder and it was working.thank’s

  10. Shubham
    December 27, 2009 at 4:40 PM

    Hello Srikant,
    Your this trick really works but is there any way to break the password provided through this trick.
    Reply Soon.
    Thanks in advance

  11. adi
    December 28, 2009 at 8:03 PM

    hey man does not works in vista ultimate

  12. jeff
    January 2, 2010 at 9:55 AM


  13. anduru
    January 8, 2010 at 11:06 AM

    hey…when i click to delete…its deleting……..!!!

    i want a lock file undeleting

  14. RVM
    January 8, 2010 at 1:34 PM

    When I try open my hard drives i get a pop window(Open With) saying “choose a program from the list to open the drive”.Is it because of some virus?, I did a full scan in my computer with Avira but it has not gone.Any suggestions??Which is the best Antivirus software?

    • Srikanth
      January 21, 2010 at 4:08 PM

      @ RVM

      No it’s not because of any Virus. Windows has some bugs and these can be overcome by re-installing the OS.

  15. jed
    January 9, 2010 at 4:54 PM

    but thas is not works in windows 7…..
    when i try that wtha you will say not works….

  16. jed
    January 9, 2010 at 5:00 PM

    but thanks for your help…

  17. swati
    January 9, 2010 at 6:50 PM

    hi my problm is i m able to enable that hidden yu hav said abov that is wrks in the absense of winzip wts ds…..n 1 thing more how i can retrive deleted data….evn deleted from recycling bin……..repl on my email,…tnx

  18. Deepak
    January 9, 2010 at 6:59 PM

    after giving the password the folder opens with out asking password
    what should i do now…. please inform

  19. krishnakanth
    January 12, 2010 at 3:50 PM

    Hi i like this post and wanna more about Hacking information & tips if possible pls send them to my ID which i Given here. Thanks in advance. I m waiting for ur mails.

    Please send them which can be understand to a beginner level also.

  20. Terminator
    January 29, 2010 at 4:53 PM

    hey srikanth,ur doing a wonderful job…….
    Plz tell me, if i want to an expert in hacking and stuff, is there any somputer course which i shuld be taking? i mean will these computer institutions like orbit and others,will they teach us how to hack? and what is this ethical hacking? does it help us in hacking acnts?

  21. Rohan
    January 30, 2010 at 9:06 PM

    This is a very very old trick…
    and i found it not to be useful even 1 percent..
    But you Usb disable virus is good..

  22. Tachia
    February 5, 2010 at 6:41 AM

    Srikanth, this has to do with the email hacking page. I couldn’t seem to leave a comment/question there. The Sniper-spy you suggested… would that be compatible if sending it to someone who’s using a mac instead of a pc? I have a PC they have a Mac.
    I would really appreciate any help you could offer on this.
    Thank you very much,

    • Srikanth
      February 5, 2010 at 2:26 PM

      @ Tachia

      Sniperspy is not compatible with MAC. It works only if the target computer runs on PC.

  23. Subrato
    February 6, 2010 at 2:44 PM

    U r great man its really working

    Thanks for helping

  24. swapnil
    February 22, 2010 at 6:04 PM

    Hi sir,
    I tried to do what you told, but it’s not working in windows 7.I also have winzip.Is there any way out to crack this password?Plz tell.Thanx

  25. Ken
    March 11, 2010 at 10:05 AM

    this is a great help i was always looking for folder protector softwares but neva knew such a easy way thanks .. and one more question if u forgot the passowrd then how can you open that zip file…

  26. jackson
    March 12, 2010 at 11:21 AM

    I go through all of ur posts .all are very very useful.
    thanks a lot …

    March 21, 2010 at 9:58 PM


  28. Arun jha
    March 25, 2010 at 11:46 AM

    sorry ..sri
    its not working..
    the zipped folder is not asking for any pass..hope you will look over it again..
    Arun jha…blesss uuuuu

  29. hb_08IT
    April 7, 2010 at 12:10 AM

    nice workk….

  30. sam
    April 8, 2010 at 7:10 AM

    cool man it really works!!

    thank u

  31. seedrom193
    April 8, 2010 at 4:33 PM

    thank you for this web-site , i liked it do much

    April 30, 2010 at 3:07 PM

    You can increase the security by the following methods.
    1)First change ur zip folder into another file format by changing the extension to that of a system file like .sys or .dll etc.To do so u need to uncheck the box HIDE EXTENSIONS FOR KNOWN FILE TYPES in Tools > folder options > View Tab.After unchecking select the zip file and press F2(or right click > rename).Delete the portion after the .(ie zip) and change it to dll.(for eg: will be changed to abcd.dll).Then press enter . It will ask a sequrity question. then press yes.Then it will be changed to a dll file .(To open the file again you need to rename it again as
    2)Now you need to change this to a system file ,for that navigate to the directory where the file is located in command prompt( by cd command eg: to change to c:\games use cd c:\games\).Now write on command prompt “attrib +a +s +h abcd.dll” without quotes.This will assign hidden,archive,system file properties to bcd.dll. To view these files u need to uncheck the option HIDE PROTECTED OPERATING SYSTEM FILES in folder options.

  33. jamilo kumali
    May 11, 2010 at 4:35 PM

    Thanks for the tutorials.. please i want to learn hacking.. you can add me to your yahoo messenger
    i am a computer science student

  34. vikas
    May 12, 2010 at 8:17 AM

    hey guys
    i’hve another very great idea to password protect your folder without using any software
    by creating a .bat file

  35. Abhijeet
    June 7, 2010 at 11:32 AM

    Hi shrikant
    I have one software which lock and hide folder or drive.
    But is their any software which can break this software or onlock and show this folder or drive.

  36. shiv
    June 21, 2010 at 6:43 PM

    this is realy cool i implements all tricks and it works

  37. narendra
    July 3, 2010 at 11:09 PM

    how do i crack this passsword?

  38. Nilesh Verma
    July 6, 2010 at 1:46 AM

    Hello AZAMAT some day i also face same problem when i click apply and then ok it’s automatic diselected and i was unable to unhide my hidden file. I will tell how can u unhide your files first go to the the TOOLS in MENU BAR (top of the window)then FOLDER OPTION then VIEW in HIDDEN FILE FOLDER OPTION select the SHOW THE HIDDEN FILE after selecting this only click APPLY and close the windows ur hidden documents will unhide.Don’t Click on “OK”.
    I hope it will helpful to you!!Enjoy!

  39. Ashish
    July 6, 2010 at 1:17 PM

    hi srikant bddy..
    m trying to learn something from your this site & would like to tell you that bddy i was unable to lock this folder..can u tell me in a descriptive way..
    & bddy there’s another way of creating a folder lock i.e creating a batch file…
    that works bddy.
    rply soon.

  40. phani
    July 19, 2010 at 10:23 PM

    ur answers are pretty interesting , i like it.

    plzzz answer this

    how to hide and write protect a folder using dos commands

  41. Rohit
    July 29, 2010 at 11:57 AM

    hy!! dude thanxxx its really works but it also works with jzip also….by going into action then encyrept it want password to lock your file…..thanxx

  42. Cristiano
    August 1, 2010 at 8:13 AM

    honestly, this is a very simple way to do that and doesn´t always work, since a lot of ppl use zip and rar files to compress files and zip files are not folders…

    the best way to create a safe “folder” or even a virtual drive, is using a tool like truecrypt, create a container file with a good password and a good algorithm and create a virtual drive using the same container…

    I Created a safe virtual drive using 100gb of my HD, created the container file with a good encryption and mounted the file as a folder, to create the file it took some hours, but its better than zipping

    You can even encrypt the entire system drive with this program, and its free and opensource

  43. vikas
    August 6, 2010 at 1:31 AM

    hello guys
    hey srikant you have awesome knowledge
    I have also a very better technique to hide folder with simply password protected folder.That i want to share with you all.
    It is much better than this technique
    if you allow me so……

  44. SURYA
    August 26, 2010 at 9:55 PM

    yep it’s working good work.

  45. Vishal
    August 29, 2010 at 6:08 AM

    Nice trick dude!!

  46. Rothlyn
    August 30, 2010 at 5:02 AM

    Well this post is simple here is an advanced way.

    1. Make a new folder.

    2. rename the folder hold down alt and press 255 on your numpad.
    This gives your folder blank name instead of “new folder” it will say ” ” ( without quotes ).

    3. Right-Click the nameless folder and click the Customize tab.

    4. Click “change icon” at the bottom of the menu. Select a blank icon ( it appears as nothing like a space between the other available icons.)

    5. Press ok and ok again and your done.

    NOTE: you can also hide it or hide your files in pictures.

  47. calajpat
    September 2, 2010 at 1:12 PM

    folder opens without asking for password

  48. jignesh bhavani
    September 5, 2010 at 11:50 AM

    that’s very cool trick!