Today, in this blog post, we will explore an easy method to create a hidden share folder on Windows 10. Typically, this is used when you have a number of devices on a network and want to share folders among them. You can add an additional level of protection by creating a hidden Windows share.
This guide is pretty basic and believes that you are in either a work-group or domain Windows environment. Usually, this hidden share service is used to share a folder with those people whom you have given the share name to. In addition, the invisible folder will not be noticeable unless you try to connect using the full path of the folder.
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How to create a hidden share folder on Windows 10
To create a hidden shared folder on Windows 10, do the following-
- Press Window+E hotkey to open the File Explorer on your computer.
- Locate the folder you want to share. Right-click on it and then select the Properties option.
- This will open the Desktop Properties. Visit the Sharing tab section and tap the Advanced Sharing button.
- Here, check the Share this folder option.
- Now, under the Share name: of the Settings section, type any name you want. Thereafter, append $ character at the end to make the folder hidden. For example – Desktop$. At this time, no need to use space within the Share name. Set the limit of the number of simultaneous users, according to your requirements.
- Tap on the Apply and then OK button.
- Now, the previously opened wizard will appear, click the Share button (see the first image).
- Here, a new page will open. Type the name or find someone by using the drop-down menu to share the folder.
- Tap the Add button and choose the Permission Level. Read is the default option which uses as to give consent of only viewing and opening files to users. If you choose Read/Write, users will get the ability to view, open, modify, and delete the content on the folder you’re sharing.
- Now, click the Share –> Done –> Apply –> OK button, as onscreen instructions.
Once you complete the above-mentioned steps, the shared folder will be invisible on the computer. However, it’ll still be accessible using the folder path, for example, \\10.1.2.12\Desktop$.