How to Password Protect a Folder in Windows 10

How to Password Protect a Folder in Windows 10

Do you have a confidential document that you want to keep safe? Maybe you have some personal photos or videos that you don’t want others to see. This blog post will show you how to password protect a folder in Windows 10. This is an easy process and only takes a few minutes. Keep reading for step-by-step instructions!

How Do I Lock a Specific Folder?

If you want to keep your data private, don’t underestimate the power of encryption. There are plenty of ways that Microsoft has made it easy for users without any technical knowledge.

Windows 10 offers a built-in encryption tool that you can use to protect your files from prying eyes. 

Here are the steps:

  • 1. Open File Explorer from the Task Bar
  • 2. Right-click the folder you need to secure. Click Properties
  • 3. Then select Advanced found at the bottom of the General tab
  • 4. Click OK and again on the Properties window.
  • 5. You now have the chance to back up your file (recommended)
  • 6. Click Back up now
  • 7. Click Next to commence the Certificate Export Wizard
  • 8. Keep the default settings and click Next 
  • 9. Check the box next to Password and complete the two fields below. Click Next
  • 10. Please choose the location to save the PFX file and name it.
  • 11. Click Next and review. Select Finish to complete the Certificate Export Wizard.
  • 12. Click OK when a Success prompt appears.

How to Back Up Locked Folder Encryption Keys in Windows 10

  • 1. Type keyboard command Windows logo + R and type certmgr.msc 
  • 2. Click OK
  • 3. Locate Personal store and left-click. Then open Certificates
  • 4. Select files for Encrypting File System
  • 5. Right-click on the files. Left-click All Tasks and then Export
  • 6. You can then follow steps 7 to 12 above

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Frequently Asked Questions


How do I hide a folder on my PC and lock it for myself in Windows 10?

It’s very easy to do. Right-click the folder and select Properties, General, Hidden, Apply, and OK. Please remember that any user can undo this action, so we recommend a third-party software tool to add a password to lock and hide the folder.

How do I lock a folder in Windows 10 to prevent deletion?

Right-click the folder and select Properties, Security, Advanced, Disable Inheritance and Convert inherited permissions into explicit permissions on this object. Once you have selected a user, click Edit, Show advanced permissions, Type, Deny and check the Delete box.

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Edison Joshua