To remove the lock sign for encrypted files in Windows 10

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One of the best ways to protect your data is to encrypt all important files and folders. Microsoft offers a simple tool called EFS (Encrypted File Service). Microsoft’s integrated tool is quite simple in its function. With a few mouse clicks, your files are safely stored in its safe. When a folder is encrypted, Windows adds a lock icon to the folder icon to identify it as an encrypted folder. However, if you do not want anyone to know that this is an encrypted folder, you can delete the overlay icon.

Remove the encrypted file overlay lock icon

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The lock icon means you have a private item in a non-private directory. This indicates that it is a file or folder with special permissions and that the user is prevented from performing certain operations on that file or folder.

To remove the lock overlay icon, you must open the Registry Editor. Press Win+R in combination. In the empty Run dialog box that appears on your computer screen, type regedit and press Enter.

When the Registry Editor opens, navigate to the next location :

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerShell Icons

Please note that you must create the shell icon key if it does not exist. To do this, select File Explorer, right-click Explorer, select New, select’Key’ from the displayed options and name the key as shell icons .

If you already have shell icons, you will see a 178 string in the right part of your window. If not, create a new string value and name it 178.

Now set its value data to the full path of an empty icon file. You must create an empty or transparent.ico file or you can download and use it from our servers.

To remove the lock icon, change the string value 178 and insert the path of the empty.ico file you want to use.

If you want to restore the original settings at any time, simply delete channel 178.

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