Do you have an external hard drive you carry around with you, and want to keep others from seeing your files? Or maybe you work on a public computer and want to save your files where others can’t find them? A simple trick is to create a folder with no name and no icon. This allows you to place files in a folder and have them be essentially invisible, yet you can access them easily. If you don’t have any particular reason for wanting to do it, it’s still a neat trick!
Go to the location you want to put your folder–your external hard drive, My Documents, your desktop or another location. Wherever it is, write it down, since once you’re done you won’t be able to see the folder either.
Create a new folder, either by right-clicking inside the drive and choosing New>Folder or choosing “New Folder” from the Windows menu. Allow the folder to retain the default name “New Folder.”
Right-click on the new folder and choose “Rename.” Delete the text that reads “New Folder,” hold down the Alt key and type in 0160 on your number pad (not the numbers above the letter portion of your keyboard). Release the Alt key and hit “Enter.” You now have a folder with no name.
Right-click your no-name folder, choose “Properties” and click the “Customize” tab. Under “Folder icons” click “Change icon.” Scroll through the icons until you see a blank space. Click on it and click “OK.” Your folder now has no name and no icon.
Tips & Warnings
- If your viewing options are set to "details," you'll still be able to see information about the folder. Choose to view the folders as thumbnails or list for true invisibility.
- While the folder may be hard to find, it's not impossible and is by no means secure. Don't try to protect important information, such as financial documents, this way.
- Photo Credit folder icon. (with clipping path) image by Andrey Zyk from Fotolia.com
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