How to Password Protect a Folder on Windows 11

By password protecting a folder on Windows 11, you can essentially create a barrier between the data and anyone who tries to access it without permission. After all, not all files are meant to be seen by everyone, and locking a folder ensures that only authorized individuals have access to it. Well, it is pretty simple to password-protect a folder on Windows 11.

Password Protect a Folder on Windows 11

Besides, password-protecting the folder prevents accidental deletion and also secures the folder in the event of a breach. Moreover, Windows offers the ability to secure data using a built-in encryption tool, BitLocker. However, you must have Windows 11 Pro or Enterprise edition to use this encryption tool, which most people do not have.

But don’t worry! If you’re using Windows 11 Home edition, we present a simple yet effective way to password-protect a folder. Let’s dive in.

How to Lock a Folder on Windows 11 Using Built-in Encryption Function

You can encrypt files and folders using Windows 11’s built-in encryption feature. So, here’s how to create a password folder on Windows 11. If you’re running the previous version, our guide on password-protecting folders in Windows 10 would help.

Note: The steps to encrypt files on Windows 11 are the same as those for encrypting folders. 

Step 1: Open Windows File Explorer and navigate to the folder you want to password-protect.

navigate to the folder you want to password-protect

Step 2: Right-click on the folder and select ‘Show more options’. Now, go to Properties.

Right-click on the file or folder

Step 3: Under the General tab, click Advanced next to Attributes.

Under which click Advanced

Step 4: Check the box next to ‘Encrypt content to secure data’ Under Compress or Encrypt attributes and click on OK.

check the 'Encrypt content to secure' data option

If the ‘Encrypt content to secure data’ option is greyed out, follow the steps below or jump to Step 8 directly.

check the 'Encrypt content to secure data' option

Step 5: Open Run or click ‘Win key + R’ and type ‘services.msc.’

Open Run or click 'Win key + R'

Step 6: Double-click on ‘Encrypting File System (EFS)’.

Double-click on Encrypting File System (EFS)

Step 7: Under General, click on the drop-down next to Startup type and select Automatic.

change the Startup type to Automatic

Step 8: Now, click on Apply and then OK.

click on Apply and then Ok

It is necessary to restart the computer for the changes to take effect. If you’re on Windows 10, check out our guide on encrypting drives by bypassing TPM.

Tip: You can also create personalized run commands for Windows.

How to Remove the Added Password From a Folder on Windows 11

Removing a password from a file or folder on Windows 11 is fairly straightforward. Besides, if you find it difficult to remember passwords, you can also hide files and folders in Windows instead of password-protecting them.

Follow the below steps to remove folder encryption:

Step 1: Navigate to the file or folder you want to decrypt and right-click on it.

navigate to the file

Step 2: Now, go to Properties.

Now, go to Properties

Step 3: Under the General tab, click on Advanced next to Attributes.

Under which click Advanced

Step 4: Uncheck the ‘Encrypt content to secure data’ option.

uncheck the 'Encrypt content to secure data' option

Step 5: Press Apply and Ok. 

Press Apply and Ok

Bonus: Use Third-Party Software to Create Password Protected Folders on Windows 11

A third-party tool or software can help you secure your files and folders if you don’t want to follow the above-mentioned steps or maybe want to get things done quicker.

Although third-party software don’t provide Windows-like security, to compensate, they come with a lot of features and are easy to use. One such application is Folder Lock. This is an easy file locker for Windows 11.

If you are choosing this option, we had already covered a step-by-step approach to secure your files and folders using Folder Lock.

Use Third-Party Software

One of the best things about this program is that it offers backup/sync features and has both free and premium plans. You can use the below link to download the software on your device.

Protecting Sensitive Data on Windows 11

Protecting confidential information in files and folders can be challenging in today’s world. Keeping your computer’s data protected ensures that no sensitive personal or professional information gets deleted or leaks out by accident. Do you have any experience with data deletion or leaks in Windows? Let us know in the comments. 

Last updated on 04 October, 2022

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