How to lock files and folders with password using WinRAR on PC?

If you allow others to use your personal computer but do not want them to access your sensitive files and folders on the PC, you can either hide them or use lock the data with password. In this article, we will use WinRAR which is the most popular archive manager. It can backup your data and reduce the size of files and documents, decompress RAR, ZIP and other files. It has the built-in password protection feature to help you lock files and folders with password on computer.

How to lock files and folders with password using WinRAR on PC?

Make sure to download WinRAR here first. Note that this is NOT a free software. You need to purchase it. You can buy a single-user license with $29. Now follow below steps to lock files using this tool on your computer.

If you want to lock single file on PC, right click on the file in Windows Explorer, you will then find the WinRAR options as shown in below screenshot. If you want to password protect multiple files and documents, you can put them into a folder, then lock the folder with password.
right click menu winrar options
Choose “Add to archieve….” from above contextual menu. The “Archive name and parameters” dialogue pops up.

archive files folder using winrar

Steps to password protect files on PC:

  1. Give the file a name as the ‘Archive name’;
  2. Choose output file format, RAR, RARS, ZIP;
  3. Click Set password button to protect your files with a password.

archiving files and folder with password via winrar

When you set a password to lock your files, you can check the “Show password” option to display the password when you enter it. For higher security level, we recommend you enable “Encrypt file names” option so others can’t see your file names or the encrypted files list.