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How To Hide Files In Windows Seriously. Completely hidden.

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Hide your files completely!Hi guys, In this short text tutorial, I'm going to show you how to completely hide your "important" files from anyone else who uses your computer.1) Hiding files inside blank archives Easy and simple. Get a compressing type of program (7z or Winrar prefered) and compress the files. Set a password (ctr+P) and put that archive inside ANOTHER archive. Remove the file extension (the ending of the file like .rar or .7z) on the archive so that it becomes an ordinary file. If you cannot see the file extension, go to tools>folder options>View and uncheck "Hide file extensions for known types". To get your file, replace the file extension and enter the password. Simple. This is basically the first step to hiding your files in the most secure way possible.2) Hiding files inside pictures This is a very efficient way of hiding your files as long as they are small enough to not be very suspicious when you put them in a picture (imagine a picture that is 4gigs and only around 300x300 pixels!). First, go to My Computer and go to your C: drive. Right click and make a new folder(name this whatever you want). For the purpose of this activity, we will call it X. This will make things easier when you get started. Now, find a picture, any picture (bmp or jpg format prefered). Place it inside the folder you've just created along with any file you want (if you did step 1, place the file in the folder instead). We will call the picture a.jpg and the archive b or b.rar (depending on if you removed the file extension or if you used another type of compression). Now, open your Command Prompt. If you cannot locate this, go to start>run and type cmd. When you have it open, type cd\. Note that the slash is a backslash, the one above your enter key. It should say C:\>. Type cd X (or whatever you named your folder). It should say C:\X>. Now type:Copy b/ a.jpg + b.rar x.jpg Replace the files with whatever you named yours. You MUST include file extensions. The x.jpg will be the name of the new file. Again, you can name it whatever you want, but it is prefered that you keep the same file extension. The slash in b/ is a normal slash, not a backslash. If you have followed this correctly, your Command Prompt should say 1 File copied. If you look in your folder, you will see a new file that is the size of both your image file and your hidden file(s) combined. To extract the file, open winrar, winzip, 7zip, or whatever, go to browse, and select the image file. The hidden file should come up. 3) Invisible Folder This is probably the most popular and most useful out of all of the above. First, make a new folder anywhere. Right click on it, and select properties. Go under the Customize tab and click "Change Icon". If you are using Windows XP +, then you should see many icons appear. Click the rightbrowsing arrow once and you should see some gaps. Click on a gap and select Apply. Now, close the folder properties, right click on the folder, and select "Rename". Delete the current name, hold down Alt, and type (on your number pad) 0160, release alt, and press enter. If done correctly, no one can see the folder unless they know where it is, highlight it, or use the detailed view. Otherwise, your folder will be completely invisible. Store as many files in here as you want. 5) Readonly/hidden Extremely simple. Simply right click on the file, go to "properties", and check "hidden". If you can still see it, go to (in explorer) organize(vista) and find folder options.There should be 3 tabs: general, view, and search. Go under view and scroll down until you find "Show hidden files/folders". Uncheck to hide, recheck to see again.4) Mix it up! Now that you know the main ways to hide your files, mix it up a little! For example, I personally like to put my image file with my other hidden files inside an invisible folder, put that in an archive, set a password on the archive, remove the file extension, and put that inside anotherpicture. The possibilities are endless, and if you're really paranoid about protecting your files, then you can do this as many times as you want! (Ofcourse, it would take you a long time to find the actual file again). Enjoy your new hidden folder/files!

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