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 :
- In Windows Explorer, navigate to the folder you want to password-protect. Right-click on the folder.
- Select Properties from the menu. On the dialog that appears, click the General tab.
- Click the Advanced button, then select Encrypt content to secure data. Click OK. Your Windows username and password will be used.
- 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.
- In Windows Explorer, highlight and right-click on the files you would like to put into a zipped file.
- Select Send to, then Zip folder (compressed). Follow the prompts to name and save the folder.
- Double-click the zipped file, then select File and Add Password.
- Fill out the requested information, then click Apply.