How to Password Protect Files and Folder in Windows?

How to Create a Password for a Folder?

In this digital world, password protection is quite important to secure your confidential data or files. The way you protect your online stuff, you really want to protect a folder with a password and files as well.

Everybody has some important folders or files on their computers that they really want to hide or password protect so no one can see them.

[Read: Hide, Lock and Password Protect Your Files and Folders with Hide Folders Software]

If you want to create a password for your existing or new folder, you should have installed WinRAR on your Windows PC.

WinRAR is a Windows utility that has the capability to archive files and folders into RAR and ZIP format. Wherein, it allows us to create a password to protect any folder with a secure password.

Make sure you have installed WinRAR to your Windows. If not installed yet, download it from the link below.

[Read: Download WinRAR Free for Windows]

Create Password Protect Folder

Follow the steps given below to password protect your folders and files on a Windows PC with WinRAR.

Step 1. Create a folder in which you want to store all of your important or confidential files (for example mine on the Desktop screen – Image below).

You can do the same process with multiple folders as well.

Step 2. Right-click on the folder and select Add to archive….

Step 3. It will come with Archive name and parameters as shown in the image below.

Go to the bottom and click on the Set password option.

Step 4. A new screen will appear and ask you to Enter password.

Type your desired password in order to protect your folder, re-enter the password for verification then click OK button.

Step 5. Then, click the OK button to close the Archive name and parameters screen as well.

The moment you click on the OK button, it will initiate a small process and create a .RAR file with the same name as what you have in your folder.

Step 6. Now if you want, you may delete or remove the real folder because all of your files have been saved in a .RAR file with the password.

To check, right-click on the newly created folder and select Extract Here (Image 1) and it will ask you to enter a password to see the files inside this folder (Image 2).

Enter the password that you have created and click OK to open files in it.

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