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Tip: Here’s How To Lock Folder In Windows 10

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Whether you’re a desktop user or a laptop user, there is no doubt about the fact that almost every individual wants to keep something private. Whatever it is your financial details, some important office docs, or any other personal file that you don’t want to share, we all deserve some privacy. So, let’s delve into how to lock folder/files in Windows 10 so that we can keep them away from prying eyes.

Locking a folder doesn’t require you to learn a lot of stuff. All you need to learn are some basic tips and tricks and you can easily lock any folder in Windows 10. You can create a secret folder that will stay password protected and only you will be able to open it. That folder is going to be your secret Pandora’s box. Sounds fun, doesn’t it? Let us get on with the steps now.

Steps to Lock Folder in Windows 10 – How to Password Protect a Folder

  1. The first step is to the right-click within the folder where the files are located. Those files are something that you want to lock or hide.

  1. The next step is to click on “New” present in the contextual menu. Then you need to click on the “Text Document”.

  1. Then hit on Enter. It doesn’t really matter what is the name of the file, you can delete it if you want later on once you have created the lockable folder.

  1. After that, double click on the text file and open it. Now, you have to copy and paste the following text to your new document.

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

  1. In the next step, you have to find where it says “Your-Password-Here” within the document. Once you have found that out, you need to replace “Your-Password-Here” with the particular password with which you want to lock the folder.                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
  2. Now, you need to click on “File” and then “Save As”.

  1. A window will open and you have to select the “Text Documents” menu bar which is located next to “save as type:”.

  1. Here, you have to select “All files” and need to change the File name into “bat”. Next, you have to click on “Save”. This creates a Windows Batch File.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
  2. Once that is done, you have to double click on the FolderLocker

  1. A new “Locker” folder is now generated! Now you can fill the Locker folder with anything and everything that you want to keep hidden.

  1. Now you can fill this new “Locker” folder with all the files and documents that you want to protect.

  1. Now is the time that we actually lock this folder. Open the FolderLocker file batch file that we created earlier.             
  2. A DOS screen will come up. Here you have to type “Y” on the screen and then click on Enter.                                             
  3. Amazingly, the Folder Locker window will disappear along with the “Locker” folder with all its contents as well. That’s it, your secrets are safe.
  4. Now, to unlock the folder, you need to double click on the FolderLocker batch file and then open it.                               
  5. Enter the password that you set earlier and then hit enter. That’s it, your Pandora’s box is back again.
  6. You can now open the hidden files and then lock them up again. Then you have to repeat steps 11, 12, 13 to lock back the folder again.

 

Conclusion

All that being said and done, let us share a final note with you. While starting with the Folder Locker feature of Windows 10, it is better to start with such a file that you can afford to lose. Just in case the method doesn’t work out for you or in case you miss out a step. Thus, to be safe it is better to use an unimportant file. Also, you can keep a backup of the file that you want to lock.

 

Author Name: Ajit Yadav
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