Have you ever wanted to hide your data from prying eyes? This can be done programmatically. Our tip will help you hide the folder on your Windows 10 desktop.
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You can always find better and safer ways to protect your information, but our recipe will be simple and therefore comfortable.
First, let’s try to create a folder that we will try to hide. There is no need to assign any badge to it yet. Just right click on your desktop, click “Create” and select “Folder”… An object with a name will appear “New folder”, which you can initially rename according to your needs.
When you give a new name to the folder, press and hold ALT and enter 255 using the numeric keypad, and then press “Enter”… It is important to understand that you must press the keys on the numeric keypad, not the number keys at the top of the keyboard. What you have now done is typed a special character that is not on the keyboard by typing an ASCII character. This is the folder name with an invisible, non-breaking space character that will not appear in Windows Explorer.
Now that the name is invisible, we can take care of the folder icon as well. First you need to right-click on it and select the item “Properties”…
Go to the tab “Setting”and then in the section Folder icons click “Change icon …”…
In the window with a list of available icons, scroll to the right and select one of the invisible icons, click OK… It remains to press again OK, which will close the folder properties window. That’s it – your folder icon is gone!
You can still find the folder at Desktopif you grab a large area with the mouse pointer to select multiple icons. Otherwise, this element will remain invisible. The folder will remain invisible even in Explorer, staying that way even if there is content inside (Explorer usually gives a preliminary list of files inside a folder when you hover over it).
If you want to hide several folders on the desktop at once, then repeat the above procedure, but press Alt + 255 several times to enter several invisible characters. The fact is that two folders cannot get the same name, so for the second one you will need to enter two spaces.
You can repeat the same action with three or more folders, simply increasing the number of invisible spaces in the folder name each time.
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This is unsafe and can cause problems.
Obviously, this way of hiding files is hardly safe. Anyone can find the contents of an invisible folder using a system search. Someone may also accidentally discover it while working with desktop elements.
This method can be useful if you just need to hide something for a while or you want to play a trick on someone. But if you really want to protect any files, then you have to resort to better methods.
This trick is not an official Windows feature, so it can sometimes have problems. Sometimes the icon may be black or have poorly visible outlines instead of being completely invisible. This could be due to the size of the icon. If the icon is still visible, select it, press Ctrl and use the mouse scroll wheel to select the desired size.
If you have any problems, then simply move the files from the hidden folder to the new one, and then delete the invisible one. Alternatively, you can try to restore the folder to its normal state.
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How to make a folder visible again
To undo the folder invisibility trick, you will have to right-click on it and select “Properties”… After that, you need to go to the tab “Setting”, and press there “Change Icon”… This time, choose the regular icon for the folder instead of the old invisible one.
And to change the name, you have to right-click on the folder and then select “Rename”… Enter a new name for this folder and press Enter.