How to encrypt a file

Applies to: Windows 10

File encryption helps protect your data by encrypting it. Only someone with the right encryption key (such as a password) can decrypt it. File encryption is not available in Windows 10 Home.

  • Right-click (or press and hold) a file or folder and select Properties.

  • Select the Advanced button and select the Encrypt contents to secure data check box.

  • Select OK to close the Advanced Attributes window, select Apply, and then select OK.