How to Make Folders and Shortcut Icons Invisible in Vista and XP

Making Folders invisible:

1. First of all create a new folder.

2. Right Click on the folder and select ‘Rename’. Hold the ‘Alt’ key and type in 0160. Press Enter. You’ll notice that the folder will have no name.

3. The final step is to change the icon in order to make it invisible. Right click on the folder and go to Properties > Customize > Change the icon > Select the blank one (there are about three of them, choose any one) > Ok.

Making Shortcuts invisible:

1. Right Click on the icon and select ‘Rename’ to rename it. Hold the ‘Alt’ key and type in 0160. Press Enter. You’ll notice that the icon will have no name.

2. Right click on the shortcut and go to Properties > Shortcut > Change icon… > Select the blank one (there are about three of them, choose any one) > Ok.

Now unlike in folders you’ll notice that shortcuts have arrows which still don’t go off. You need to download a small tool- TweakUI in order to remove it.

3. Download TweakUI from here ( size:147KB) and install it.

4. Now start the program and go to Explorer> Shortcut> Shortcut overlay.

5. Select the shortcut overlay to ‘None’ then click ‘Ok’

6. That’s it now you’ll find your shortcut icon invisible.

If you can’t seem to get it right feel free to comment here, I’ll try my best to help you out.

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