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Hide files and folders in Windows using command Prompt

Hide files and folders in Windows using command Prompt

Privacy is hard to come by these days and it’s a hot topic today. Whether you are sharing your computer or someone occasionally have access your computer, may be you have desire to hide some files and folders on your computer which may be your sensitive information or your private files.
Almost anyone knows how to make a “hidden” folder in Windows. Beside this there are many solutions to hide your files and folders. if you just want to hide your date and files on computer, you don’t need to pay money or buy different software to hide your files or personal information. This article will show you a way to hide files and folders using Command prompt.
Here’s how to do it.

In this article you will learn how to hide or show files and folders in windows using command  line prompt and also you will know  the use of attrib command .

Windows offers a wide variety of tools that you can access using your command prompt

attrib: Using this command  we can change file attributes (i.e., read-only, system and hidden flag).

attrib +h [file/folder name]: This command will set hidden attributes to active. It will hide a file/folder.

attrib -h [file/folder name]: This command will remove hidden attributes from a file to make files/folders visible to everyone.
attrib +s: Sets the system file attribute.
attrib -s: Clears the system file attribute.

1.Open your Command Prompt window using the Windows + R key combination, and then type cmd click on OK.

1. Open your Command Prompt window using the Windows + R key combination, and then type cmd

 

2.Copy the address from the address bar of the folder or file which you want to hide.

Copy the address from the address bar of the folder or file which you want to hide

 

3.Type attrib +h “file name” and hit the enter to make it hidden.

 

4.Type attrib +s+h “file name” and hit the enter

If you want to make the real hidden file and folder then simply mark it as an important operating system file. By changing into system file, the window won’t displays it even if explorer it set to display hidden files and folders.

Type attrib +s+h “file name” and hit the enter

 

To make the file or folder visible again, you can run the same command, except this time use “- “instead of the “+” signs.

Type attrib -s -h “file name” and hit the enter

I hope you will find this information useful.

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Parash Raj Gautam

Parash Raj Gautam is a writer in nihosi.com. He enjoys writing and spends time daily writing blog, programming and graphic designing. In his free time, reading, watching movies, listening music, hiking and travel are Mr. Gautam’s pastimes. In the year ahead Mr. Gautam looks forward to reading many books, and developing his own interest and skill at writing.

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