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5 Ways | How to Create a Password Protected Folder in Windows

Tracy King updated on Aug 10, 2021 to File Lock

While sharing the computer with your friends, families, and colleagues, you may have some important or confidential files that you don't want them to view. So how to avoid this? Yes, hiding the files is a good way to go. 

Here on this page, we are about to discuss another way to help. It is to create a password protected folder and save confidential files inside, keeping prying eyes away. Let's get started to learn how to do so by following the complete guide here.

#1. Create a New Folder in Windows Computer

So what's your first move? Yes, it is to create a new folder. So what's the difference? 

The way to create a new folder is with no difference. But here are two tips that you can follow while creating the folder:

  • Create the folder in a deep directory on the computer, for example, D: / Document/ Files/. Don't directly create it on the desktop.
  • Give the folder a normal name. Don't use a special name to make the SECRET folder standing out.

Let's create the new folder now:

Step 1. Open the directory where you tend to create a new folder.

Step 2. Right-click an empty area directly and select New > Folder.

Create a new folder

Step 3. Type a new name for the folder.

Name the folder

#2. Save Essential Files into the New Folder

Now, you can save essential files into the new folder. 

Step 1. Locate essential files, right-click and select Cut.

The reason why we use cut is to thoroughly move the target file into the new folder.

Cut file

Step 2. Open the new folder, right-click an empty area, select Paste.

Repeat the process several times to save all confidential files to the new folder.

Paste file

#3. Add Password to Protect the New Folder in Windows 

Now, it's time to set a password to secure all files in your folder. Here we collect 5 reliable tools to help you flexibly lock a folder with a password in Windows 11/10/8/7 on your own:

  1. 1. Windows Built-in Folder Properties
  2. 2. EaseUS LockMyFile
  3. 3. Folder Lock
  4. 4. 7-Zip
  5. 5. Batch File

The listed solutions were put in an easy to hard sequence. Follow the respective solution to password protects your folder on Windows computer now.

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Method 1. Add Password to Folder using Folder Properties Setting

Folder Properties Setting with its Encrypt content to secure data option works directly to secure a folder. 

Step 1. Right-click on the new folder, and select Properties.

Open Folder properties

Step 2. Go to General > Click Advanced...

Open advanced

Step 3. Check Encrypt contents to secure data > OK.

Select to secure folder

Step 4. Click Apply > OK.

Secure folder with password

Step 5. Select Backup now when a notification window pops up, telling you to back up the encryption key. 

Save the key into a safe location and wait for the process to complete.

Method 2. Add Password to Folder using EaseUS LockMyFile

EaseUS LockMyFile enables all Windows users to add password protection to their folders and files in a local disk, an external drive, even a network shared drive. Let's move to add a password to your folder with essential files here:

Step 1. Launch EaseUS LockMyFile, register with your email address and set a software protection password.

Set up password

Step 2. Click Locking File on the right side. There are three options available: Lock Files, Lock Folder, and Lock Drive.

lock files folders -1

Step 3. Click Lock File(s), and choose the file you want to lock from your computer, and click Open to confirm.

Lock files with EaseUS LockMyFile

If you need to lock a folder, the operation is the same. Click Lock Folder, choose the target folder, and click OK to confirm.

lock folders with EaseUS LockMyFile

Step 4. You can check the status of your chosen files or folders now.

Check files/folders status

Method 3. Add Password to New Folder Using FolderLock

Folder Lock is another third-party software that works to adding a password to protect a folder. It mainly offers solutions to protect files, backup files, and even protect external USB on Windows computers.

Step 1. Launch Folder Lock and enter a Master password, click OK.

Open folder lock

Step 2. Click Lock Folders > Add Items to Lock > Add Folders.

Add folder

Step 3. Browse to select a folder to lock, and click OK to confirm. 

Add password to protect folder

Method 4. Password Protect Folder with 7-Zip

7-Zip is a professional file and folder compression tool. It works to compress huge files into a small size with a password. 

Step 1. Install 7-Zip, right-click on the new folder, select 7-Zip > Add to Archive.

Select folder to encrypt

Step 2. Set the encryption settings, including format, compression level, etc. 

Step 3. And enter the Encryption password and Encryption method. 

Step 4. Check Encryption file names if you want to. Click OK to confirm.

Note that only the 7z and zip format can be encrypted. 

Add password protect to folder

Method 5. Password Protect Folder via Text Batch File

This method is a bit tricky that you need to be very careful while following this method. And as a matter of fact, you'll need to know a bit of command prompt operating skills. 

Step 1. Open the target folder, right-click an empty area and select New.

Step 2. Select Text Document and open the file.

lock a folder via text file

Step 3. Paste the following text into the new text document:

Notice:

cls

@ECHO OFF

title Folder Locker

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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

Step 4. Find Your-Password-Here and replace it with the password that you want to lock the folder with. For example: MK21*)6ee73

Set password to lock folder

Step 5. Click File > Save As > Select All Files at the Save as type section.

Save txt file to lock folder

Step 6. Name the file as FolderLocker.bat and click Save.

Rename the txt file

Step 7. Double-click the FolderLocker file to generate a Locker folder.

Generate a locker folder

Step 8. Drag or move all the files that you need to protect into the Locker folder.

Drag files to locker folder

Step 9. Click the FolderLocker file again, type Y in the command prompt window, and hit Enter to confirm that you want to lock the folder.

Lock folder

Step 10. Now the folder is locked and you can barely see it in its original location.

Check folder is locked

To unlock the folder, click the FolderLocker file, enter your password in the command prompt window, and hit Enter.

Unlock a folder

#4. Shred or Permanently Delete the Old Folder

Now, you've complete adding a password to your folder. It's time to delete the original folder. As some of the methods were encryption tools that will generate a new encrypted file, so you'll need to remove the old source file permanently.

Here you have two options:

1. Select the old folder, press the Shit+Delete keys to permanently delete the folder.

2. Shred the folder with a reliable file shredding tool. 

Creating a Password Protect Folder to Secure Files Is Not Complex

On this page, we collect 5 methods and offer a complete guide to help you create a password protected folder to secure all confidential items on your computer. 

As your files are essential, go and follow one method shown above to secure your files on the computer now.

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