Hide A File

BY STANLEY ZAROWIN

Q. Is there a way to hide a file?

A. Yes, there is. Here are the steps to take:

Go into Explorer and left click on the file you want to hide and click on Properties , bringing up this screen:

Check the Hidden box and click on Apply and OK .

However, that step alone does not hide the file; it just sets up the condition for hiding it. The next step is to command Windows not to show hidden files.

Caveat: Be aware that if you evoke such a command, all files that have been marked hidden will no longer be visible in Explorer. If you’ve created shortcuts to them, they, too, won’t appear. All these steps can be reversed.

If you wish to continue, the next step will actually hide all files marked hidden. In Explorer , click on the Folder Options icon, which contains an image of a hammer and file folder; its full name will pop on the screen only when your cursor hovers over it.

Click on it to evoke this screen:

Then click on the View tab, and under Hidden files and folders , click on Do not show hidden files and folders .

If you’re trying to keep a snoop from checking out a file, this method is not foolproof. If the snoop knows how you’re hiding it, he or she can easily go into Folder Options and order it to Show hidden files and folders .

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