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How can I hide files without using the file attributes?


I use BitTorrent Sync to synchronize a desktop, but this creates a few files and a folder I don't want to see.

I managed to hide most of them by marking them as protected system files with attrib +S +H, but the attributes on .SyncID are always reset to hidden only.

Synchronizing an outer directory isn't possible because of the way Dexpot handles desktop folders and I'd like to avoid hiding hidden files.

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I worked around the problem for now by symlinking Dexpot's desktop directory to a subfolder in a synchronized directory. It should be possible to create a general solution for making files unlisted in specific programs with a file system minifilter, but unfortunately I don't know enough C to implement that. –  Tamschi Jun 25 '13 at 16:29

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If you want to hide a file in Windows 7 and you are the administrator, right click on the file or folder. Then click on the properties option. Under the general tab, there will be an attributes section. Check the box that says "Hidden". If it is a folder you are hiding, it will ask if you want to hide folders and sub-directories. Make the appropriate choice that you want.

EDIT: You can also use third party tools to hide files like FileLocker or FolderLock. There is also a method of using the file extensions to hide the file here, but I have never tried it, so I am not sure how effective it is.

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I don't want to hide all hidden files. The file is already marked as hidden and I can't change the attributes to include system as explained above. This question is about finding a different way. –  Tamschi Jun 22 '13 at 14:20
    
O, yea sorry I should have read the question more carefully. I edited my question to use a few other alternative ways to hide files. –  Josh Jun 22 '13 at 14:50
    
The addition is even farther beside the point though... –  Tamschi Jun 22 '13 at 15:25
    
The only question asked is this, How can I hide files without using the file attributes? Perhaps you should rephrase the question because I guess I am not understanding what you are asking. –  Josh Jun 22 '13 at 16:29
    
The links you posted only deal with encrypting or renaming a file. If you read the whole question text you will see that I probably can't move the file. I'm really just asking for a method to hide the file in Windows Explorer that does exactly that. I know this question is a bit narrow, if you have a workaround that solves my problem but doesn't answer the question feel free to post it as comment. –  Tamschi Jun 22 '13 at 18:53

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