However, while there is no way to make a folder completely “invisible” to a determined user, you can conceal your sensitive files and folders from regular computer searches by altering a few system attributes (on a PC) or by using the “Terminal” application (Mac). After you’ve done this, your new file will be completely invisible, both literally and in terms of standard computer searches.
Method 1 Hiding Your File (Windows)
1. Right-click your desktop. You’ll need to create a regular file here first.
2. Hover over “New”.
3. Click a file type. “Folder” or “Text Document” are quick and simple choices.
4. Type in a name for your folder.
5. Hit ↵ Enter.
6. Right-click your file.
7. Click Properties.
8. Check the “Hidden” box.
9. To proceed, click OK. Creating a regular folder in the same directory with the same name as your hidden file will cause it to rename itself to “Filename,” which will reveal that you are operating on a hidden folder in that directory.
Unless you are currently viewing hidden files and folders on your computer, your file is also literally indistinguishable from others.
Method 2 Finding Your File (Windows)
1. Type “hidden files” into the Start search bar.
2. Select “Show hidden files and folders” from the drop-down menu. This should be the first item on the search results page, if possible.
3. “Hidden files and folders” should be selected by double-clicking it. It is not necessary to complete this step if this option already has two sub-options indented below it.
4. Click “Show hidden files, folders, and drives”.
5. Click OK.
6. Close the “Hidden files” menu.
7. Return to your computer’s desktop. You should now be able to see the file that was previously hidden! It will appear transparent in order to emphasise the fact that it is “hidden.”
To make your files invisible once more, go back to the “Hidden files and folders” menu and select “Don’t show hidden files, folders, or drives” again.
Method 3 Hiding Your File (Mac)
1. Make a two-finger click on your computer’s desktop. To conceal your folder, you’ll need to use the “Terminal” application.
2. Click New Folder.
3. Type in a name for your folder.
4. Tap ⏎ Return.
5. Click the magnifying glass icon. This is in the top right corner of your screen.
You can also hold ⌘ Command and tap Spacebar.
6. Type in “Terminal”.
7. Tap ⏎ Return.
8. Type chflags hidden.
9. Drag your folder into Terminal.
10. To begin, press the Enter key. Your folder should be hidden from public view at this point!
Hidden folders on a Mac are inaccessible unless you run a specific command in Terminal to reveal their contents.
Method 4 Finding Your File (Mac)
1. Click Go. This is in your screen’s top right corner tool bar.
2. Click Go to Folder.
3. Type in ~/Desktop/(FolderName).
4. To begin, press the Go button. You should now be able to see the contents of your folder!
Any files you place in your folder will also be hidden as a result of this setting.
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