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How to make a folder icon transparent?

Windows and Mac are both great operating systems that provide users with many customisation options. So much so that you can change everything right down to folder icons.

In this article, we’re looking at how you can make your folder icons transparent, essentially hiding folders in plain sight. 

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How to make a folder icon transparent in Windows?

You can change the folder name and the folder icon to be completely transparent. Just follow these steps.

Step 1: Head over to your desktop and right-click, select New and then New folder.

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Step 2: When naming the folder, hold down the Alt key and type in 255 on your Numpad. This will insert a special blank character making your folder name blank.

Do keep in mind that this method will only work if you type the numbers from your numpad and not the number row. 

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Step 3: Now, right-click the folder again and click Properties.

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Step 4: Head over to the Customise tab. Click the Change button under the Folder icon.

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Step 5: Scroll to the right until you see a blank folder icon. Select it and click OK. 

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Step 6: Click Apply. 

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Once you’re done, you’ll now have a completely transparent folder icon with a blank folder name. Essentially hiding the folder in plain sight. You can find the folder by dragging your mouse around the area you created the folder to find it again. 


How to make a folder icon transparent in Mac?

If you’re on a Mac, the process for making a transparent folder icon is a tad bit different. Just follow these steps.

First up, we need to make a transparent folder icon out of an image. Keep in mind that you can do this with any image you like. 

Step 1: Download and place any image on your desktop. Once you’re there, right-click the image and open it with Preview.

How to make a folder icon transparent?

Step 2: Click Tools on the menu bar followed by Adjust Size…

How to make a folder icon transparent?

Step 3: Set the size to Pixels and change the size to 1024 x 1024. Make sure you unlock the aspect ratio lock.

How to make a folder icon transparent?

Step 4: Now select the entire image and press Delete on your keyboard. 

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Step 5: You’ll be asked to convert your image to a PNG if it isn’t already one. Go ahead and click on Convert. 

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Step 6: Now click the Edit button followed by Copy.  

How to make a folder icon transparent?

Step 7: Right-click the folder you want to make transparent and click on Get info…

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Step 8: Select the folder icon, click Edit and then Paste.

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Step 9: Once you’re done, rename the folder to an empty space using the spacebar.

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And that’s all you need to do to make your folder transparent. 

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