To hide folders, you can disguise the folders as virtual folders.

Some examples of virtual folders are the Fonts folder, the Recycle Bin, the Control Panel. When you try to open disguised folders, you see the contents of a Recycle Bin or Fonts instead of the real documents stored in the folders.

To hide folders:

  1. Right-click a folder and select Rename.
  2. Add the following to the folder name “.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}”. Don’t forget the dot.

That’s it. Wasn't it easy to hide folders? When you try to open your hidden folders, you’ll see the contents of Control Panel, not the real documents. If you rename the folders back, you’ll see the documents.

To rename the folder back, follow these steps:

  1. In Windows Explorer, select Tools > Folder Options from the Windows Explorer menu.
  2. Select the View tab.
  3. Clear the "Hide protected operating system files".
  4. Select "Show hidden files".
  5. Select "Display the contents of system folders".
  6. Click the Apply to All Folders button and then click OK.
  7. Then rename the folder back.

As you see, this protection is very weak because the “protected” folders are easily accessible in DOS and other operating systems.

If you need strong protection for your folders, try Folder Password Expert, the program to protect your folders against unwanted access. It will not hide folders, but protect them with a password so that other users cannot acces their contents or remove the folders.

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1. Select "Lock Folders"

2. Click the Add button

3. Select folders to add to the list of locked folders

4. Enter the password and you are done