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Want an Unsearchable Hidden File Just for You?

Do you have private financial business, and other things you may be working on that you don’t want others peaking into? You can actually create a hidden, unsearchable file on your computer.

Although this will be hidden quite well, you need to keep in mind that someone who is very persistent may still find this and it probably could be found using a Linux live distribution.

Let’s get started.

Since this folder or file cannot be searched for, you need to decide exactly where you want this folder to be, and you need to remember the exact path in order to show it when you want to use it. You will also need to know the file extension of the file. To find this, simply right click on the finished file and choose properties.


For example let’s say you make a file entitled myfile.doc and this file is on your desktop. The path would be C:\Users\Yourname\Desktop\myfile.doc.

First thing is to bring up the command prompt on your computer. In most cases this can be found in programs/accessories.

It will look something like this.

Then type in the following command adding the path to your file or folder name.


Please note the command to type in is attrib +s +h and then the exact path to the file which in this case is Phred.odt. Please observe the backwards slashes. In order for this to work properly, you must include the file extension. Attrib simply means the files attributes, s means to write it to the system, and h means to hide it.

On my computer this only works partially at first. That is because I have show hidden files, folders, and drives” checked in my folder options in control panel. Initially the file shows as a hidden folder. In this case rebooting caused it to disappear completely! Searching for it did not find it which is the purpose of the thing.

Now to get the file back. Open up any folder handy on your file system. In the address bar, click till you get blue-


Then type the exact file location including backwards slashes and the extension and hit enter. For example:

c:\Users\Your Name\Desktop\Phred.odt

Your file will pop up if you have done everything correctly. When you exit the file normally it will disappear again.

To make it show up again permanently, you reverse the process in the command line. Where you had attrib +s +h followed by the location, you exchange them for attrib -s -h followed by the location.


Having made multiple mistakes myself when learning this trick, I recommend you make an unimportant file, and play with it until you are certain of what you are doing. It is a fun way to spend a few minutes and to get a little more comfortable with the command line.

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