Hidden file and hidden directory

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Windows provides a property to hide folders. We can set the view property of folder we want to hide to ‘hidden’, then go to “Folder and search” options, go to “view” tab and select Don’t show hidden files,folders and drives option.

The disadvantage with this method is that once we select “Show hidden files,folders and  drives” from the “Folder and Search” options all our hidden files are visible. What if we want to hide our folder completely, completely in the sense that it is not visible even if we set our settings to show all hidden files. Let’s see how to hide a folder completely in Windows.

Here, I want to hide a folder named “Secret”.

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Go to command line. Navigate to the directory where the folder we want to hide is located. Type the command “attrib +s +h secret” (batch programming is not case sensitive ) and hit Enter.

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Now we can see that the file we hid is not visible even if we set our properties to show hidden files.

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If you want to unhide your hidden file, go to command line and type the command “attrib -s -h secret.”