Saturday, December 10, 2011

Create Super Hidden Files or Folders in Windows WITHOUT any Software

Making a file or folder hidden in Windows is simple : Right click on the file or folder you want to hide, select "Properties" and on the "General" tab, check the box in the "Attributes" section named "Hidden". Click "OK" and you are done.

However, the problem with this trick is that its quite old and almost every windows user knows how to get access to hidden folders/files (In case you don't know, you can view hidden files/folders by first opening "My Computer" then selecting Tools > Folder options > View and checking the "Do not show hidden files and folders" box)

In this tutorial I will show you how to make a super hidden file or folder that you can't find by simply checking "Show hidden files and folders"

1. Click on the Start orb and in the search bar type"cmd" (without quotes) and hit enter to open command prompt. (XP users: click Start, then Run and type "cmd" and hit enter)

2. Change the path to the directory in which the file\folder is present

3. Now type :

                                                        attrib +s +h FolderHide

Replace “FolderHide” with the name of the folder/file you want to hide.

Note : If your folder/file has spaces in between, then enclose the folder name in double quotes. For example if the folder name is Folder Hide, then your command should be :

                                                        attrib +s +h "Folder Hide"

That's it ! Now, go back to the place where the file or folder is located and look, it’s not there! You cannot find it through simply browsing around, through the command prompt, or even if you click “Show Hidden Files and Folders”.

In this method, what we did is that we altered the file/folder's attributes to Operating System file\folder attribute. This trick works because, by default, the option, "Hide Protected Operating System Files" (in Tools > Folder options > View) is checked.  As normally no one un-checks this option, (as on unchecking, Windows gives a warning detailing why one should not un-check this option), hence the file or folder becomes super hidden. 

To un-hide the folder or file again, open command prompt and navigate to the folder where the hidden folder is located and type :

                                                        attrib -s -h FolderHide

Make sure to replace "FolderHide" with the name of the folder or file

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  1. This was so easy to do it was mind-numbing. Makes me wanna learn terminal speak. Thanks again and keep doing what you're doing.

  2. It's there.What should I do?

  3. Thank you very much for your help.You have wrote a nice and described article which gonna help me.

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  5. Awesome post. Thiis is really awesome.
    Now we can hide perfectly any files and folders on windows pc in just few clicks.
    Thank you... ��

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  7. very useful, thanks,.. :)

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