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How Do I Set a Hidden Attribute to a Folder in Windows®

December 05, 2011  |  Difficulty: Easy

how to set folder attributes in Microsoft Windows®, including how to hide folders.

The Microsoft Windows® operating system includes various folder settings that can be set easily in Windows® Explorer. This feature is helpful for simple security. Software developers usually set hidden attributes for folders that contain important files and information needed to run the system and individual programs. On a computer for personal use, attributes are typically used to prevent the deletion of folders by children or a third party, as well as for hiding personal data. This article describes how to set folder attributes in Windows®, including how to hide folders.


  1. Click on the “Start” button, then on the “Computer” (“My Computer”) option.
  2. Locate the folder you want to apply the hidden attribute to in your computer.
  3. Right-click on the folder and choose the “Properties” option.
  4. In the “General” tab, check the “Hidden” checkbox in the “Attributes” section.
  5. Click on the “OK” button.
  6. Now, choose if you want to hide the subfolders and files as well, and click on the “OK” button again.
  7. Congratulations! You have applied a hidden attribute to your folder or file and can rest assured that your files are safe and well hidden.

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