How to Password Protect a Folder in Windows the Easy Way

You may have folders on your computer that need hiding from prying eyes. There are 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.

It’s 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 you’re 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 afterward, but you’ll need the master password in order to choose a new one.

To lock a folder, 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

    April 15, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    Thanks, its handy!

    • Bogdan Bele

      April 17, 2013 at 1:44 pm

      My pleasure, glad it helped!

  2. Earl

    April 21, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Can you email a locked folder?

    • Bogdan Bele

      April 21, 2013 at 11:16 pm

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

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