If you are working on some confidential file and you want it to be protected from the outsiders then the best way is to protect it by applying the password to the folder. Unauthorized users cannot have any access to read, delete or modify your data files without your permission.
There are several methods to apply password protection to the folders, among these, the third party software is one method of protection but it is very complex. Here is a simple method which helps you to learn how to password protect a folder in windows 7.
Steps to Password Protect A folder in Windows 7
Step 1: Select the folder you want to password protect, then, right click the folder and open “Add to archive…” option.
Step 2: “Archive name and parameters” window will appear on the screen. Select “Advanced” tab and click “Set password…” button.
It will ask you to enter the password.
Step 3: Now “Archiving with password” window will appear. Choose the password and enter it in a password field.
Windows will ask you to re-enter the password for verification. Check the “Encrypt file names” box and then click “OK”.
Step 4: Click on WinRAR file, it may ask you for the password.
Step 5: Enter the password for the encrypted file and click “OK”.
Step 6: Once you entered the password, you will find the WinRAR file.