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Create Invisible Folders

I've known about this for quite some time now, although recently I saw a YouTube video showing how to do it, so I decided I could blog about it on my blog, and make it 'password protected' as well. :)

Here's a step by step process on how to do it-
  1. Go to your desktop (or any other random place), then right click and select New, then Folder.
  2. Double click on folder name, New Folder, then hold down the Alt key and press 255 on the number keypad (Alt+0160 works as well).
    If this does not work, or produces a different character rather than " ", then push Start --> All Programs --> Accessories --> System Tools --> Character Map. I'm sure you can figure it out from there.
  3. Now we should have a folder with no name. Now we just need to remove the folder icon. To do this, right click on the folder, click Properties, Click the customize tab, Change Icon, then scroll to the right until you find some blank icons. They'll look like white squares. Select one of these, press OK, then OK again.
That's it! Now we have an invisible folder! If you want to go further and add a password protect option, then keep reading. Otherwise, feel free to leave a comment. :)
Before we continue, the password protection isn't really the most convenient thing ever, and usually the invisible folder is enough. The password protection is probably only good for journals
(which you can password protect with Microsoft Word anyways) or something you really aren't supposed to have. Again, I don't really recommend this, it's a pain and the invisible folder is enough.
  1. Create an invisible folder, as shown above. Next create a .zip of all the files you want password protected. Feel free to name it whatever you want.
  2. Create a Microsoft Word Document, and name it "Science Report" or something similar.
  3. Edit the Word Document, then go to Insert --> Object --> Create From File --> Browse
  4. Navigate to where you saved your .zip folder of all your Top Secret Files. Select Insert, then Click OK. Now you should see a blank word document with a Zip file inside of it.
  5. Next go to Tools, Options, and click on the "Security" Tab. Next type a password in the, "Password To Open" box. Click OK, Verify the Password, then select OK.
  6. Now Save the word document, and feel free to delete all the files you placed into the .zip folder, along with the original .zip (that's now embedded into the word document).
If you followed the instructions carefully, what we should have is an invisible folder that when opened, only shows a single word document named "Science Report.doc". Once you open it, it should ask for the set password to open it. After entering the password and opening the document, you should then find your zip file of whatever documents, pictures, or programs you don't want anyone else knowing about.
Also keep in mind you can place more than one zip file into the word document. This way you can have a separate zip folder for pictures, one for your journal, and so on and so forth.
Now, there are plenty of other ways to expand upon this further, but I'll let you get creative.

SWEET! Hey really good idea to put it somewhere else ;) I love this site, btw.

~~Elsie (you ever call me this in eal life and you die :))

This is Anil :P

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