Convert / Mask Windows Folder into Almost Anything

by on February 8th, 2010

Ever wondered to convert a simple folder into control panel folder, recycle bin folder or even internet explorer? By using this technique which i am going to tell you you can change any folder icon and its behavior. Following is a method by which u can convert any folder into either Control Panel, Recycle Bin, My Computer or Internet Explorer. This can be done by adding their respective registry keys to the folder’s name. After this the folder will behave, either like Control Panel, Recycle Bin, My Computer or Internet Explorer will open according to your choice. It will be treated by Windows as a link to any of these four choices. The folder will remain intact with all its data and no one can access that folder via Windows. It can only be accessed via Command Prompt or some third party app. This method is also good to hide your personal data in that masked folder. Isn’t this cool that there is a second my computer icon at your desktop which brings My Computer when somebody clicks it, but infact its your private folder hiding some personal data.

Convert Folder Into Contol Panel

Rename any folder with adding following code to it.

.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}
Convert any Folder Into Recycle Bin

Rename any folder with adding following code to it.

.{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}
Convert any Folder Into My Computer

Rename any folder with adding following code to it.

.{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}
Convert any Folder Into Internet Explorer

Rename any folder with adding following code to it.

.{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D}
Explanation

If you have a folder named as ABCD, to convert it into Control Panel, rename the folder as
ABCD.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D}
After this, the key value should disappear and act as an attribute.

Re-Enable the Masked Folder into Actual Folder

To re-enable your folder to be accessible via Windows as it was, go to the command prompt and rename the folder there.
e.g. If the folder is in C:ABCD, then get to C:ABCD in the command prompt and type:
ren ABCD.{21EC2020-3AEA-1069-A2DD-08002B30309D} ABCD

Command Prompt supports CLIPBOARD. Copy-Paste will work there. Your folder will be back to normal state. This method can be used to protect any data, but it will not provide reliable security to the data. You can also search the registry for more relevant keys like these.

This method is for advanced users. Please test it at any blank folder before you do anything serious with your data folders.

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3 Reviews

  1. vazeer says:

    very nice!

    could you please tell me that, where the folder and files is gone, by the command prompt can be seen the excel, doc, pps, pdf, file too.

    thank you for giving details of backend story..

  2. Hiroshi says:

    @James: Thank you very much.

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