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.
Someone asked about the following problem:
I read your article at: Disguise Any Folder to Recycle Bin. I have sort of a reverse problem. While right clicking on a folder to change the icon from default manila folder type, to a tree icon, I accidentally clicked on the recycle bin icon next to the tree icon, and it changed my 20 gig folder to a recycle bin and is hiding the files, while at the same time, it acts as a bin for recycled files. My files are there, because when I do right click/properties now, it starts spooling hundreds of megabytes, but the files can’t be seen or accessed. I can’t change the icon back, because right clicking and selecting properties on the recycle bin it created, does not give an option to change the icon, like a normal folder does. Any way to fix this?
Well the solution is really simple. You have to do two things.