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How to Hide Text in Notepad !!

Well who knew we could hide files with notepad?  Often you do all the coding for webpages in notepad and you gotta keep some of those hidden. What you do is look for a utility to hide your text. You simply don’t need it. There’s an easy hack to hide the notepad files. Let’s see how?

Before I begin let me tell you the text files you create with this hack won’t show up even with Windows or DOS whatever be the file settings. These files will only be accessible if you know the exact file name used while creating the file. Let’s begin with the steps,

Step 1

Launch the command prompt. Go to Run and Type cmd and press Enter.

Step 2

Use DOS command to get to the desired folder.

Step 3

Type in the notepad VisibleFile.txt:HiddenFile.txt and hit Enter. (These are just examples change the VisibleFile.txt or HiddenFile.txt filenames according to your choice)

When you are prompted to Create a New file, click Yes.

Step 4

Enter the data you want to hide. Next save the file and close the notepad.

Step 5

Go to the location where you have saved the file. You can see the VisibleFile.txt file (non-hidden) there. Now you can add any text of your choice.

Step 6

In order to open and read/write the hidden file. Type inVisibleFile.txt:HiddenFile.txt in the command prompt and press Enter.

That’s done and you hidden file HiddenFile.txt will not be visible under Windows Explorer or DOS. Remember deleting the visible file or the hidden (VisibleFile.txt)) will also delete the file (HiddenFile.txt).

USE YOUR NOTEPAD AS A DIARY

You must have seen this a million times before; though it’s too old I still believe it should be useful for those who never heard this trick before. This is for people who use notepad to write down any info on a day to day basis or just like a Diary!

  1. Open a blank Notepad file
  2. Type .LOG as the first line of the file, followed by an Enter. Save
    the file and close it. [ make sure that you are typing the .LOG in capital letters ]
  3. Double-click the file to open it and notice that Notepad appends the current date and time to the end of the file and places the cursor on the line after.
  4. Type your notes and then save and close the file.
  5. Each time you open the file, Notepad repeats the process, appending the time and date to the end of the file and placing the cursor below it.