Using a password to the protect a folder means that you need to the enter a password to see the list of documents in the folder. You can also password-protect the individual files either in a password-protected folder or in a folder without the password protection. The procedure is the same for files and folders.

Windows 7 and XP :

  1. In Windows Explorer, navigate to the folder you want to password-protect. Right-click on the folder.
  2. Select Properties from the menu. On the dialog that appears, click the General tab.
  3. Click the Advanced button, then select Encrypt content to secure data. Click OK. Your Windows username and password will be used.
  4. Double-click the the folder to ensure you can access it.  

Windows 8 and 10 :

It is not possible to use Windows to password-protect a folder in Windows 8 or Windows 10. You will need to the download third-party software or use a zipped folder. If you select to use third-party software, be sure you download it from a reputable source.

Zipped folder :

The Password-protecting a zipped file is a good solution if your version of the Windows does not support the password protection. If you put the files you’d like to protect in a zip file, you can then apply a password.

  1. In Windows Explorer, highlight and right-click on the files you would like to put into a zipped file.
  2. Select  Send to, then Zip folder (compressed). Follow the prompts to name and save the folder.
  3. Double-click the zipped file, then select File and Add Password.
  4. Fill out the requested information, then click Apply.

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