How to Hide Files and Folders in Windows 7

How to Hide Files and Folders in Windows 7

2014-01-15 11:56:35 / Posted by Michael Eric to Windows Tips
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Why need to Hide Files and Folders in Windows 7?

Total privacy is hard to come by these days. Even you have created a login password to protect your Windows computer, you may be worried about the occasional access by other people. Considering for the security of these sensitive information or private files stored in your computer, you really need to hide files and folders in Windows 7. A hidden file is any file with the hidden attribute turned on. Windows computer is configured by default to not display hidden files. Read following part to learn the detailed instruction on hiding files and folders in Windows 7.

How to Hide Files and Folders in Windows 7?

Windows offers an easy way to quickly hide folders from unsuspecting eyes. This method requires that Windows doesn't show hidden files and folders.

Go through the following two options to achieve it.

Option 1: Hide Files and Folders in Windows 7 with Control Panel

  • Step 1. Click on the Windows 7 Start button and then click on Control Panel.

    You can also type "folder options" in the search box after clicking Start. Choose "Folder Options" under Control Panel from the list of results and skip to Step 4.

  • Step 2. Click on the "Appearance and Personalization" link. You might not see this link. Simply click on "Folder Options" and skip to Step 4.
  • Step 3. Click on the "Folder Options" link.
  • Step 4. Click on the "View" tab on the Folder Options window.
  • Step 5. In the Advanced setting: area, locate the "Hidden files and folders" category.
  • Step 6. Choose the "Don't show hidden files, folders, or drives" radio button under the Hidden files and folders category.

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  • Step 7. Click "OK" at the bottom of the Folder Options window.
  • Step 8. Close the Control Panel window that's still open.

Option 2: Hide Files and Folders in Windows 7 with Right-click

  • Step 1. Select the folder or file you want to hide, and right click on it.

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  • Step 2. Select "Properties" from the pop-up menu that appears.

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  • Step 3. Check the "Hidden" check box located in the Attributes section, then click on "OK".

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  • Step 4. Right click on an empty space where the file or folder you chose to be hidden, and select "Refresh" from the pop-up menu. If you have done the previous steps correctly, you will no longer see the file.

Thus, choose one from the two options to finish how to hide file folders in Windows 7. As for showing hidden files and folder in Windows 7, click here to learn the detailed tutorial.

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