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Re: How to secure file from prying eyes?
« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2016, 07:53:24 AM »
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Would converting it to a word doc make any difference (though that defeats the purpose of making ANY file protected)?


Unfortunately not every file can be protected.
Notepad has been around since Windows 1.0 in 1985..... and was only designed as a very basic text editor for use with dos etc.
Word is a completely different thing and is designed to offer the security that you require.
This should explain everything.;

4 Ways to Password Protect a Microsoft Word Document

On side note... there are some third party versions of Notepad that would offer the security that you require, but as I've never used them I can't in all honesty recommend the best to use.

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Re: How to secure file from prying eyes?
« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2016, 12:20:25 AM »
It's a .txt file. Would converting it to a word doc make any difference (though that defeats the purpose of making ANY file protected)? I already tried making a password protected folder (link you provided) and the file could be opened through a shortcut. I use recent items and don't want to disable it. Any other suggestions? Thanks.

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Re: How to secure file from prying eyes?
« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2016, 09:11:26 PM »
Hi bugaboo and welcome to Smokeys.

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I need to protect a txt file so only I can view and edit it


are you talking about an ordinary 'Notepad' file?
If so, Notepad doesn't offer any type of security..... it's just a standard text editor.

Have you tried to create a password protected folder and then store the txt file in that?

To do this without any additional software, is not straight forward as it requires a batch code... but it is possible.

It'll be easier to give you this link...... this will explain everything you need to do.

How to Create a Password Protected Folder without any Extra Software

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remember this part when writing the batch code:
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Change the PASSWORD_GOES_HERE text to the password you want to set.




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all I have to do is click on the link in Windows recent items and the file opens right up!


You could always disable the Windows Recent Items feature...... then nothing would ever show:

Windows 7 & 8: How To Disable Recent Items In Jump Lists

Let me know how you get on.

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How to secure file from prying eyes?
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2016, 06:54:57 AM »
I need to protect a txt file so only I can view and edit it. I've tried various means such as hiding the containing folder, password protecting and encrypting and each time all I have to do is click on the link in Windows recent items and the file opens right up! Perhaps I'm doing something wrong. Running Win 8.1 pro. Suggestions?
 

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