How to Set a Password to a Folder
Computers users often seek out ways to protect their privacy and secure their personal data, such as password-protecting certain folders on the hard drive. The Microsoft Windows XP and ME operating systems ship with a "Compressed Folder" feature, one of the Windows components that is optionally installed. This feature will allow the user to create a folder and then set a password on the folder to restrict viewing and editing of the files inside.
Install the Compressed Folder Feature
Click the Windows "Start" button and then click "Settings."
Click the "Control Panel" option in the Settings interface.
Click the "Add/Remove Programs" icon.
Click the "Windows Setup" tab. The Windows components will display in a list with check boxes. The selected check boxes indicate that the Windows feature is installed.
Check the box next to the "Compressed Folders" option and click "OK." The Compressed Folders component will be installed.
Create Password-Protected Compressed Folder
Right-click on the desktop and select "New" from the context menu.
Click on the "Compressed Folder" option. A new, empty compressed folder will be created on the desktop.
Highlight the files to be placed in the password-protected folder. Right-click the files and select "Cut" from the context menu. Select multiple files at once by holding the "Ctrl" key and clicking the file names with the mouse.
Right-click on the compressed folder and select "Paste" from the context menu. The files will be moved to the compressed folder, and the Compressed Folder dialog box will launch.
Click the "File" option and select "Add a Password" in Windows XP, or "Encrypt" in Windows ME. A password dialog box will appear.
Type the new password twice to confirm and click "OK."
Tips & Warnings
- Be sure to add files to the compressed folder before assigning the password.
- Keep your compressed folder password in a secure location.