How to hide files and folders in Windows

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Many users at work or at home have no choice but to share their computer for a variety of reasons. In these situations it can become useful to find a way to try hide files or folders that we would like to remain private. On Windows there is a very simple trick.

It should be noted that not it is precisely the most suitable solution to protect your privacy. This is just a trivial ploy to remove the files from the sight of prying eyes. As if to say, the opportunity makes the man a thief. And this is precisely the operating principle of the expedient: to hide files and folders from the curious. The procedure does not require great computer skills and can be put into practice even by those who are unfamiliar with computers. You don't even need to download any programs: in fact, it is sufficient to resort to a system already used by Windows to protect some important files and folders.



To understand what it is, it is useful to remember that Microsoft's operating system hides certain system files by default to prevent a distracted and inexperienced user from deleting them, thus creating instability or irreversible damage to Windows. That said, let's see how to hide a file or folder in the Redmond OS.

Hide a file or folder on Windows

First you need to locate the file or folder to hide. Let's say you are interested in hiding a Word document. Once found, move the mouse - or touchpad - cursor to the file and right-click. Now, from the next menu press on "Property". At this point we are very close to "covering up" the textual content. In fact, all you have to do is check the box "Hidden" (located at the bottom, next to "Read only") and press "OK". As if by magic, the file disappeared. The procedure is also the same for hiding a folder.



How to recover a hidden file or folder

At some point you will also need to recover a hidden file or folder on Windows. Again it's really a breeze. Go back to the folder where the "invisible" document is located. Then click on "View" and finally on "Show and hide". With that done, the last thing you have to do is select the item "Hidden items" and the procedure is finished.



How to hide files and folders in Windows


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