How to Lock Folder in Windows 11/10 using Third-Party Software?

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Using a third-party tool, you can quickly hide a file or folder on Windows 11 or 10 machines. On Windows OS, a lot of customization is possible; however, Windows 11/10/8/7 does not allow users to lock a folder with a password for security purposes. So, you need to use a third-party tool to protect your folder with a password.

There are a lot of freeware tools available to lock folders with passwords to protect their data. However, most are either paid or not easy to use.

This gearupwindows article will share some freeware folder software that works fine on Windows 11 and 10. These are the following:-

  • Free Hide Folder
  • Anvi Free Folder Locker
  • SecretFolder
  • HiddenDIR
  • Lock-A-Folder
  • Master File Locker

Free Hide Folder

This small utility is compatible with Windows XP/2003/Vista/7/8/10/11. As the name suggests, Free Hide Folder is a freeware utility. It even comes with a user-friendly interface.

When you run the Free Hide Folder tool for the first time, it will offer you to set a password. The app will open when the password is set.

Now, click on Add from the menu to add a folder you want to set the password to and hide it from the others.

Now, you can close the software. After that, the folder will be hidden and also password-protected. After opening the Free Hide Folder software, you can select the folder to view that folder again.

You can download the Free Hide Folder software from its official website.

Anvi Free Folder Locker

Anvi Folder Locker is another free folder locker software that lets you secure your folder with a password. When you run it the first time, it will prompt you to set a master password, and even it will ask for an email when it is installed.

You can recover your password using email when you forget the master password; thus, the developer has added an email option that is quite useful in some cases.

Anvi Folder Locker comes with quite a straightforward interface. You can add a folder under Anvi Free Folder Locker software to password-protect them by clicking the ADD button.

This freeware is compatible with Windows XP/2003/Vista/7/8/10/11. You can download the latest version of Anvi Free Folder Locker from here.


As the name suggests, the SecretFolder makes your folder secret by securing it with a password. When you run it the first time, it will prompt you to set up a new password and email address.

The app will open when you have set up the master password and provided an email. You can add a folder under SecretFolder. When the folder is inside the SecretFolder app, click on the Lock icon on the menu, which will lock it with a master password. The software will prompt a master password if anyone tries to open the folder.

Please note that the SecretFolder couldn’t be uninstalled without entering the password that you have set to protect your folders. If a user gains access to your PC, they can’t access your protected folders even by uninstalling the SecretFolder program.

It is compatible with Windows 11/10/8/7. You can download the latest version of this software from here.


HiddenDIR is another free tool to protect your essential folders on Windows 11/10/8/7 machines. It is a small yet effective tool to protect your privacy. It makes the folder invisible to anyone who has access to your PC. Hidden folders will be visible to only those with access to the program that you can save in any directory or USB drive.

You can download the HiddenDIR from its official website.


Lock-A-Folder is a lightweight and easy-to-use program that is available far. It allows you to hide and lock up any folders on your computer, making them invisible and inaccessible to anyone but yourself. You can set a master password, select the folder(s) you want to hide, and click the Hide button to make them disappear. Enter your password and choose the folder you want to open to unlock a folder.

It is compatible with Windows XP/Vista/7. You can download the software from its official website.

Master File Locker

Master File Locker is another freeware tool specially built for Windows 11/10 and can be downloaded from the Microsoft Store. This app locks/unlocks and hides your files, photos, videos, documents, notes, audio, and video recordings on Windows 11/10. You need to set the password to protect a file with a password when installing it on your PC.

You can download Master File Locker here.

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