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Hide a Folder By Redirecting Them to System Files Shortcuts

There are so many third party tools available to hide  folders and content inside them from other users on your computer. However, we can do the same task without using any external software products. There are some Windows tricks to convert a folder and its content to system functions shortcuts. When a user click on the it, he will be redirected to system features like Recycle Bin, Control Panel, My Computer etc.This tutorial explains different methods to hide and secure a folder without using any third party tools.

Convert a Folder in to Control Panel Shortcut

In this example I have a folder named corenetworkz in the location D:\alex. Here I am going to change it (corenetworkz) in to Control Panel shortcut.
  1. Type the command ren corenetworkz corenetworkz.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D} on a notepad

  2. Save as lockaccendoz.bat (any name you can use) on D:\alex

  3. Double click the bat file to run it.
Now it looks like Control Panel icon and when a user click on it, he will be redirected to Control Panel.

Unlock

To recover the hidden folder, follow the steps below.
  1. Type the command ren corenetworkz.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D} corenetworkz in notepad

  2. Save as unlockaccendoz.bat (You can use any name) on D:\alex

  3. Double Click the bat file to unlock it

Secure Folder Content by Redirecting to My Computer

This method allows you to secure a folder and its content by redirecting it to My Computer icon. When a user click on it, My Computer window will be opened. Here we convert the corenetworkz to My Computer icon.
  1. Rename the folder corenetworkz to
    MyComputer.{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}

  2. Now it looks like:
    redirecting to My Computer


Unlock the Hidden

Create a bat file on the same location where the folder presents with the following command: ren My Computer.{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D} corenetworkz and run the file to unlock it.

Convert a Folder to Recycle Bin Shortcut Icon

Another method to hide file on your computer from others is to convert it in to Recycle Bin icon. Steps to perform this task are given below.
  1. Right click on the file and rename it to anyname.{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}

  2. Now it looks like Recycle Bin icon and when a user click on it, he will be redirected to Recycle Bin

Unlock

Create a bat file with following command ren nameofthefolder.{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E} myFolder. Run the bat file to unlock it.

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Comments

Anonymous said…
Hey nice . I changed my folder to control panel. Now it leads to the control panel icon not the folder content.

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