How to Password Protect a Folder in Windows the Easy Way

Do you have folders on your Windows computer that have sensitive content that need extra security? Here’s an easy way to lock and hide them from prying eyes.

You may have folders on your computer that need hiding from prying eyes. There’s a few ways to protect them, and this is an easy way to lock and hide them. You can pack the folder into an archive and password protect it, but I find this handy free utility much easier.

I’ts called Lock-A-Folder which, although no longer supported, is simple and effective. First, download and install Lock-A-Folder, from here. Make sure you get the latest version, depending on whether your running the 32 or 64-bit version of Windows.

Once the installation is done, run the software. You’ll be asked to choose a Master Password — choose wisely. You can change it afterwards, but you’ll need the master password in order to choose a new one.

To lock a folder, and choose the folder(s) you want to lock and Exit out of it. The folder is now locked, and doesn’t show up in file managers — not even if you have them set to show hidden and system files.

Choose Folder

To unlock a folder, launch LocK-A-FoLdeR, type in your password, and click Unlock selected Folder. There’s also a  Rescue Centre, in case locked folders don’t show up in the list and which could probably be used after reinstalling the operating system.

Unlock Folder

Note: LocK-A-FoLdeR is no longer supported, but I was able to successfully use it in Windows 7. However, it would not work in Windows 8 — even when I tried to run it in Compatibility Mode.

Windows 8 Error




  1. SonyChand

    Thanks, its handy!

    • Bogdan Bele

      My pleasure, glad it helped!

  2. Earl

    Can you email a locked folder?

    • Bogdan Bele

      I wouldn’t think so, since you can’t see it in Explorer.

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