Make folders private


If you are using a shared PC like those in public aeas or internet cafe's, then you must make folders private. When you make your folders private, only you (administrator) have the rights to access them. Other users cannot access that folder.

Let me take an example to illustrate this: Consider that you have an account named admin, & you do not want anyone to have access to a specific folder (say "My Documents" folder). So, you decide to make this folder private and carry out the steps required to make the folder private.

So from now, only the admin account has the right to access "My Documents" folder (which was made private). No one else except admin will be able to access "My Documents" folder.This concludes that you get extra edge on security on a shared computer system & only you (owner/admin of the computer) have the rights to access the contents of that folder.

This becomes a necessary task for computers that are shared among many users like on a cyber cafe', office computers, etc. Even computers in home are shared among many users. So, whenever you need to make a folder inaccessible to anyone else, you need to make that folder private.


This option (making folders private) is available for files/folders inside your user profile only. You can drag and drop the folders you want to make private in you user account folder and then carry out the procedure mentioned in "How to do it". By default, sub-folders in your user profile folder include My Documents, Desktop, Start Menu, cookies and favorites. If you do not make these folders private, they will be available to everyone who uses your computer. Only NTFS file systems support this feature to make a folder private. Any other file system does not support this feature. If your drive is not formatted as NTFS, See the article convert FAT32 to NTFS.

How to do it:
  1. Open My Computer.
  2. Navigate to C:\Documents and Settings
  3. Double click your user profile to open it and view the contents.
  4. Right click any of the folders or sub-folders.
  5. In the right click menu, click properties.
  6. In the properties dialog box, select the Sharing tab.
  7. Finally, check the "Make this folder private" checkbox & click OK.
  8. You may be prompted to create a password if you do not have a password for your account. You may enter the password to protect your account, because without password, making folders private is of no use.


After the last step, you should be able to view the results in the next restart. Open any other user account and try to access the folder that you have made private.

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