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 clicks on 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 into 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) into 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 the Control Panel icon and when a user clicks on it, he will be redirected to the Control Panel.


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 clicks on it, My Computer window will be opened. Here we convert the corenetworkz to My Computer icon.
  1. Rename the folder corenetworkz to

  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 a file on your computer from others is to convert it into 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 clicks on it, he will be redirected to Recycle Bin


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

Recommended Tutorials
  1. How to Check whether a Website Safe to Browse

  2. How to View Saved Username and Passwords From Google Chrome

  3. DMZ In Network Security (Demilitarized Zone)

  4. How to View Saved Passwords From Mozilla Firefox Browser

No: Recent Posts
This Device is Not Configured Correctly. (Code 1)
Getting Device Manager Error Code 10
Getting 169.254.X.X (APIPA) Windows Automatic Private IP Address
How to Setup MTNL Broadband ADSL Modem
Setup Idea 4G on Android Phone
Bypass Windows Admin Account Password Of Vista, XP, Windows 8
Error 1747: The Authentication Service is Unknown
Reasons for Unexpected Automatic Reboot of Your Computer
Use Flash Memory (USB) as Virtual RAM in Windows
Setup Log Files for IP Messenger
Adobe Flash Player has Stopped a Potentially Unsafe Operation
FTP Error 503 Login Authentication Failed
Best LAN Messengers
How to Reset BSNL WiFi Modem
How to Check Your Tata Photon Plus Internet Usage
Destination Net Unreachable