How to Hide Files on Your Computer

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Screensaver Shortcut

Another nifty way to hide your desktop is to start up the screen saver. All screensavers are stored in Windows using the .SCR file extension. Go ahead and perform a Windows search for *.scr and you should get a list of all the screensavers on your computer.

Now all you have to do is create a shortcut to any of these files on your desktop or quick launch bar. Just double-click on the shortcut and your screensaver starts up automatically, no need to wait for the idle time to kick in!

You can create a shortcut to the .SCR file by right clicking on it, going to Send To and choosing Desktop (create shortcut).

If that’s not fast enough for you or your hands tend to be on the keyboard more than the mouse, then you can also use a program called AutoHotKey to assign a hotkey to run the .SCR file whenever you want. There is a bit of a learning curve to using AutoHotKey, but it is quite powerful even if you use only a small fraction of its features.

Method 2: How to Hide All Apps on Windows 10/11 via Group Policy Editor

In addition to the Start menu, users can also view installed programs and features via Control Panel. They just need to go to Control Panel Programs Programs and Features.

If you want to hide all apps in Control Panel on Windows 10/11, you can try modifying Group Policy Editor, a tool in Windows to help the administrator manage various settings with Group Policy Objects.

Here are the detailed steps about how to hide all apps on Windows 10/11 Control Panel via Group Policy Editor.

Step 1: Press Win + R to invoke the Run window. Then input gpedit.msc and press Enter to launch Local Group Policy Editor.

Step 2: In Local Group Policy Editor, select User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Programs folder in the left pane.

Step 3: In the right pane, right-click Hide “Programs and Features” page and select Edit.

Step 4: In the pop-up window, select the Enabled option. Then click Apply and OK to keep the changes you have made.

After you enable the Hide “Programs and Features” page feature, others would see the following message when they try to view your installed programs and features in Control Panel: your system administrator has disabled Programs and Features. Therefore, it is obvious for people who use your computer to know that you have hidden your programs and features.

You should know that when you hide applications in Control Panel via Group Policy, no one can view, uninstall, change, or repair installed programs on your computer via Control Panel, but others can still find the hidden app from the Start menu. And you might have found that Group Policy Editor doesn’t allow you to hide an individual app. If you just need to hide one or several apps, go to the next method.

Method 4: Use a Professional Program to Hide Apps on Windows 10/11

Registry Editor is useful when you need to hide an individual app. However, the steps might be relatively complicated for users who are not familiar with this tool. And it is dangerous if you make any mistakes during the process. Don’t worry. Here is an alternative way – you can try a reliable and professional third-party program to hide your app.

Here I take the program named Hide From Uninstall List as an example. With such a program, you can hide an individual or multiple programs in a few clicks and without being worried about making mistakes.

Step 1: Download the zip file for this tool from the official website. Then unzip the zip file launch the tool.

Tip: Please do not download anything from untreated websites for the security of your computer.

Step 2: In the Hide From Uninstall List program, you can view all the installed programs and features on your computer. And you just need to right-click the program that you want to hide and select Hide from Programs and Features List.

Tip: You can also uncheck the box next to the app you want to hide to hide it in Control Panel.

Step 3: When its status turns to Hide, you can click File > Programs and Features to open Control Panel and the target app will disappear.

Option 3. Using Local Group Policy to Hide A Drive

The Local Group Policy can help you hide drive icons from Windows Explorer. You can still access the data by typing the drive path on the File Explorer address bar.

1. Press the Windows + R shortcut to open the Run command window.

2. Input gpedit.msc and click OK start Local Group Policy Editor.

3. Expand User Configuration ><noscript><img decoding=

7. Click on Enabled.

8. Under the Options part, select the drive you want to restrict or select Restrict all drives.

9. Click Apply and click OK.

Note: If you want to show hide drives, go back to

Note: If you want to show hide drives, go back to step 7 and click on the No Configure option.

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