How To Password Protect a Folder in Windows 10

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We all have computer files we'd like to keep secret from the world. Fortunately, in Windows 10, you can tuck those unmentionable plans or files in a secret folder that is password protected, and you can do it without buying any additional software. 

password 18 click enter

A note before you start:

We've recieved comments about issues people have run into with this how-to. So, we went back and performed multiple rounds of testing internally, and can now confirm that following this process closely, step-by-step, should work.

Just to be safe, try it out once using a file that isn't important, so you can make sure it works for you. Also, yes, the FolderLocker file can be reverse engineered by someone who understands the process, but this isn't meant to keep tech-savvy folks out, just nosy family members who you don't trust.

Here's how to create a folder that you can fill with files you want to keep secret, lock it, open it and repeat.

 

How To Lock a Folder With a Password in Windows 10

1. Right-click inside the folder where the files you want to protect are located. The folder you want to hide can even be on your desktop.

password 01 find folder

MORE: How to Change Your Password in Windows 10

2. Select "New" from the contextual menu. 

password 02 right click

3. Click on "Text Document."

password 03 select new

4. Hit Enter. It doesn't matter what the file will be named. You can delete this text file once the lockable folder has been made.

password 04 hit enter

5. Double-click the text file to open it.

password 05 double click

6. Paste the below text into the new document:

password 06 paste

cls

@ECHO OFF

title Folder Locker

if EXIST "Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}" goto UNLOCK

if NOT EXIST Locker goto MDLOCKER

:CONFIRM

echo Are you sure u want to Lock the folder(Y/N)

set/p "cho=>"

if %cho%==Y goto LOCK

if %cho%==y goto LOCK

if %cho%==n goto END

if %cho%==N goto END

echo Invalid choice.

goto CONFIRM

:LOCK

ren Locker "Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}"

attrib +h +s "Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}"

echo Folder locked

goto End

:UNLOCK

echo Enter password to Unlock folder

set/p "pass=>"

if NOT %pass%==Your-Password-Here goto FAIL

attrib -h -s "Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}"

ren "Control Panel.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}" Locker

echo Folder Unlocked successfully

goto End

:FAIL

echo Invalid password

goto end

:MDLOCKER

md Locker

echo Locker created successfully

goto End

:End

7. Find where it says "Your-Password-Here" in the document.

password 07 find yph

 8. Replace "Your-Password-Here" with the password you want to lock the folder with.

password 07b replace with pass

9. Click File.

password 08 replace with pass

10. "Select Save As..."

password 09 save as 2755011437675936

11. Click on the "Text Documents (*.txt)" menu bar that's next to "Save as type:"

password 10 select text documents

12. Select "All Files"password 11 select all files

13. Change the file name to "FolderLocker.bat"password 12 rename to folderlocker

14. Click "Save."

password 122 save

15. Double-click FolderLocker.password 13 doubleclick folderlocker

The Locker folder has been generated!

password 14 fill your locker

16. Fill the Locker folder with the items you want to protect.

password 15 fill your locker2

17. Open the FolderLocker file, because it's time to lock that folder up!

password 16 doubleclick folderlocker

18. Type "Y" into the screen.password 17 type y19. Click Enter, and the Folder Locker window will disappear, along with the Locker folder itself! Your secrets are safe!

password 18 click enter

To unlock the folder, double-click "FolderLocker" to open it.password 19 double click folderlocker

Enter the password you entered in Step 8, and click Enter.

password 20 enter password

password 21 click enter

The Locker folder is back. You can open it to find your hidden files. Repeat Steps 17, 18 and 19 to lock the folder again.

password 22 lockers back

password 23 along with your secrets 2755011437677439

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371 comments
  • Liban Says:

    This method is too complicated for beginners like me.

  • Liban Says:

    This method is too complicated for beginners like me.

  • Liban Says:

    This method is too complicated for beginners like me.

  • A Random Dude Says:

    If you have your settings put to show hidden folders like I do then this literally does nothing!! It just changes the name and makes it a hidden folder if you dont hide the contents inside the folder you can still search them out this is literally nothing. It'd be better to just hide the files inside a program file.

  • ERTEM YAZICI Says:

    It is the most stupid and moronish lock app i have ever seen as 16 years programmer.

  • Paregi Vishnu Says:

    What if someone delete the FolderLocker file?

  • qwertyuio Says:

    not secure at all. I can open FolderLocker.bat through notepad and see the password.

  • KILLER Says:

    if you want to remove password just delete the file after removing the items from it and thanks very math for this trick

  • alex Zhou Says:

    How do I remove this setting? what if I want to remove this password?

  • Annormas Says:

    Sala chutiya banaya hai....hide kar Raha hai lock nahi..

  • Teva Smith Says:

    Hi,
    I did this an now my folder wont unlock.

  • charbel Says:

    thank you, but there is a problem! anyone can right click on the .bat file, go to edit and change the password.
    what can be done?

  • jack kint Says:

    thanks it worked beautifully first try

  • BHAKTI Says:

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  • Sampath Ruwankumara Says:

    It is not totally protected. It is depend on "folder option". it can be view changing "folder option" settings.
    How ever Thank You friend....

  • Sadiqullah Says:

    Open folder lock wy did not open loock folder

  • samsara Says:

    Thats what I needed. :) Thank you

  • Bunheng Says:

    Thank you for your help sir. It's working.

  • andy bong Says:

    If the .bat file stays there someone could just right click>edit and see the code and an then see the password there... I guess it would work against someone who doesnt really know what a bat file is, but this isnt by any means a secure password protection system.

  • Mazimations Says:

    Well, this sort of works. All it does is hide the folder until you type in the password to unveil it again. Not as secure as I had hoped, but it keeps the files away from the average mind.

  • anave Says:

    When i click thee locker it opens another locker folder & my files are completely gone... Fix this!!!please

  • bashnn Says:

    can somebody help me reverse this.... i mistakenly deleted the locker file

  • bashnn Says:

    can somebody help me reverse this.... i mistakenly deleted the locker file

  • bashnn Says:

    can somebody help me reverse this.... i mistakenly deleted the locker file

  • bashnn Says:

    can somebody help me reverse this.... i mistakenly deleted the locker file

  • bashnn Says:

    can somebody help me reverse this.... i mistakenly deleted the locker file

  • bashnn Says:

    can somebody help me reverse this.... i mistakenly deleted the locker file

  • bashnn Says:

    can somebody help me reverse this.... i mistakenly deleted the locker file

  • bashnn Says:

    can somebody help me reverse this.... i mistakenly deleted the locker file

  • bashnn Says:

    can somebody help me reverse this.... i mistakenly deleted the locker file

  • bashnn Says:

    can somebody help me reverse this.... i mistakenly deleted the locker file

  • bashnn Says:

    can somebody help me reverse this.... i mistakenly deleted the locker file

  • bashnn Says:

    can somebody help me reverse this.... i mistakenly deleted the locker file

  • bashnn Says:

    can somebody help me reverse this.... i mistakenly deleted the locker file

  • bashnn Says:

    hello i forgot my password ....any help

  • bashnn Says:

    hello i forgot my password ....any help

  • bashnn Says:

    hello i forgot my password ....any help

  • Dan D Says:

    DO NOT DO THIS IF YOU ACTUALLY WANT YOUR FILES UNFINDABLE. A simple search will reveal every file in the folder. Useless for securing or hiding files and this is a very misleading article.

  • Monirul Says:

    Thanks. It is most helpful for me.

  • Jmarie Says:

    You can open the folder with other software like WordPerfect. Not secure.

  • Piumra Says:

    Wowwww it works....works very well when use every time.

  • Computer Guy Says:

    The problem with this method is the password is in the .bat file. Anyone with a little know how can open the .bat file and retrieve the password

  • behiziji Says:

    Thank you very much. Work like a charm.

  • Abgr Xenda Says:

    this method is not even a method at all, the folder is still there and can still be accessible through the explorer without even asking for a password or warn message, it simply "TRY" to hide the folder while if your windows set to view hidden and system folders, this LockedFolder will be simply visible to everyone

  • Mel H Says:

    doesn't seem to work on a USB drive..??? "Locker" folder never created.

  • Irfan Says:

    The method is good but creating such folder as 'Folderlocker' will attract stalkers browsing my pc. Is there any way to prevent getting attention of anyone?

  • Colin Says:

    You can still access the files, if you simply look them up in the search bar you'll be brought to the entire file.

  • Marco Says:

    select the .bat file in "File Explorer" and check the text in "preview pane". Your password is fully exposed!!!!
    Thank you laptopmag for publishing such tips............

  • The unknown Says:

    Try this way if It didn't work then try to watch videos on YouTube

    Create any folder you want on your PC..
    Then to hide it go to cmd and type this code:
    attrib +s +h "name and the path of your folder" then hit enter
    Then go to organize and hit don't show hidden folders..

    If you want to view your folder again then do the same step as above but with a little change.. goto cmd and type attrib -s -h "name if your folder and it's path" then hit enter then goto organize then hit show hidden folders and the folder should appear
    Again if the method didn't work go watch videos on YouTube you may figure out a way

  • Bombo Mustafa Says:

    Hello team, i forgot my password,
    how can i recover it.
    Thanks

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