3 Ways to Give Passwords to Folders in Windows 7, 8.1, 10, 11

3 Ways to Give Passwords to Folders in Windows 7, 8.1, 10, 11

3 Ways to Give Passwords : Want to prevent other people from opening a folder on your Windows laptop? if that’s true, you can use 3 ways to give a password to the folder that GadgetLogi will discuss in this article.

A folder on a computer is a place to store files or other folders in one place which can then be named according to the group or category of files stored in it.

Why do folders sometimes need to be locked with a password? this is because folders are often used to store important data and also confidential data, for example, when you have important data such as bank login data, email, social media and other important documents.

The following is a collection of ways to lock a folder by giving it a password on a Windows computer by taking advantage of the built-in features that are already available on Windows and also using the WinRAR / WinZIP software.
How to give a password to a folder using Windows built-in features

The following method can be used on Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10 without installing additional software, namely by using the “Encrypt contents to secure data” feature.

Because this method uses the default Windows feature, the Username and Password used to lock the folder will be the same as the one you use to log into your Windows computer. How to? let’s follow the steps below.

Here are the steps to give a password to a folder in Windows without an application:

  1. First, open File Explorer and find the folder to be locked with a password.
  2. Second, right-click on the folder and select the “Properties” menu.
  3. Third, on the “General” tab menu, click “Advanced”.
  4. Next, to lock the folder with a password, please tick the “Encrypt content to secure data”.
  5. Finally, click “OK” and select “Apply changes to this folder, subfolders and files”.

If you want to remove the password on a locked folder, the method is like this.

  1. First, open File Explorer and find the folder to be locked with a password.
  2. Second, right-click on the folder and select the “Properties” menu.
  3. Third, on the “General” tab menu, click “Advanced”.
  4. Next, to remove the password, please uncheck the “Encrypt content to secure data”.
  5. Finally, click “OK” and select “Apply changes to this folder, subfolders and files”.

How to give a password to a folder using Script Locker

This method is actually not very safe because it is easy to trick, for example by opening the folder using WinRAR or WinZIP. However, this method can be tried to lock the folder, especially so that it is not easily accessed by children.

Here are the steps to give a password to a folder in Windows with a script locker:

  1. First, open the “Notepad” application.
  2. Then enter the folder lock script.
  3. To change the password, please change the section that is already in the red box Gadgetlogy. Passwords can be both text and numbers.
  4. Then please save this script with a combination of CTRL + S or via the File menu -> Save.
  5. Save this file in the folder you want to lock with a password. In the “File name” section you can fill it as you like
  6. but it must end with (.bat). Change “Save as type” to “All Files” then click the “Save” button.
  7. Next, click the “.bat” file that you created earlier so that a new folder named “Locker” appears.
  8. Move the file or folder you want to lock into the “Locker” folder.
  9. Next, please click on the “.bat” file again.
  10. After clicking, 2 options will appear (Y/N) / (Yes/No). If you want to continue type “Y” then press “Enter”.
  11. At this stage the “Locker” folder is hidden.
    To bring back the “Locker” folder, please click the “.bat” file earlier and enter the password you chose.
  12. After filling in the password correctly, the “Locker” folder will reappear.

How to give a password to a folder using WinRAR / WinZIP

Giving a password to the folder with winrar and winzip is currently the most secure and easy way.

However, you have to install the winrar / winzip software first to give a password and open a password on a locked folder.

Here are the steps to give a password to a folder in Windows with the WinRAR application:

  1. First, open File Explorer and find the folder that you want to assign a password to.
  2. Second, right-click on the folder and select the “Add to Archive…” menu.
  3. Next, select “Set password…” to enter a password for the folder.
  4. Then fill in the password of your choice in the box below “Enter Password”. If so, click “OK”.
  5. Then in the “Archive format” you can choose between RAR or ZIP.
  6. In the “Archive name” section, please enter the name you want. Well, by default it will be filled according to the name of the folder that you will lock. Then click “OK” to start the folder locking process.
  7. The last step of Gadgetlogi is trying to extract / open the folder which is now in RAR or ZIP format. And as a result you will be asked to enter a password first.

That is a sign that your folder has been successfully locked with a password.Each way has advantages and disadvantages. Choose and use the way to give a password to the folder you need.

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