Putting password in Windows folders is not a native function of the system. In this case, users who need to protect important documents and files on the computer should resort to third-party solutions, such as the free and lightweight 7-Zip program. The tool allows you to compress files and folders and encrypt with a password in a simple way.
In the following tutorial, learn how to use 7-Zip to compress folders with a password on your computer and avoid being curious. The procedure was performed on a Windows 10 PC, but the tips also apply to previous versions of Microsoft’s system.
Step 1. Download and install 7-Zip on your computer. To do this, after downloading the installer, access the system downloads folder and run the file. Then, just click “Install” to proceed with the installation;
Step 2. When finished, click “Close” to close the installation wizard;
Step 3. Locate the folder you want to password protect and right-click on it. In the context menu, go to “7-Zip” and click “Add to compressed file …”;
Step 4. In “Compressed file format” choose “zip”. Right below, under “Compression level”, select “Store”. On the right, under “Encryption”, enter the desired password. Once this is done, press “OK”;
Step 5. Now, it is important to delete the original folder, which is unprotected. To do this permanently, without the files being sent to the trash, use the shortcut “Shift + Delete” and confirm with “Yes”;
Step 6. When you need to open any file stored in your protected folder, you will need to enter the password.
Take advantage of tips to password protect important files on your computer.