How to make a file or folder Private in Windows 10/8/7

Windows 10/8/7, lets you chose whom to share your files and folders with. If  you do not want to share one of your folders and want to make it Private, or if you want to share it with only select people, you can do so as follows:

Make a file or folder Private

Right click on the folder, select Share with and then choose Nobody. To choose select people, select the Specific people option. From the File Sharing box which opens, you can choose the users.

Windows 7 will offer the Homegroup option, whereas you will not see it in Windows 8/10.

Once you make the file or folder private, a padlock overlay icon will appear.

Hope that helps!

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  1. optimus

    nice method..thank you

  2. I guess this option will be available only on workgroup computers. I am not seeing this when computer is joined to domain.

  3. Kali

    Does this only prevents people on the network from accessing the file? in a dual boot os can it be accessed from the other os?

  4. ander

    This option doesn’t appear on my system (Windows 7 Premium). It’s probably available only in the more expensive versions.

  5. Jeffrey Diana

    If you can’t find the said option, this this one: How to Password Protect Folder in Windows. I found it to be working.

  6. Anonymous

    thanks thats so simple and great!

  7. Rhod_rider

    tnx a lot… it works…

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