Encrypt Specific Files & Folders With AxCrypt [Windows]

Many people use encryption on a daily basis, it’s an extremely useful tool especially when you need to transfers sensitive data over insecure means like email. There are many tools available that can encrypt portions of your hard drive, or even your whole hard drive – TrueCrypt for example.

But what if you don’t need to encrypt your whole drive, or even portions of your drive? What if you only want to encrypt specific files and folders on the fly. Well you can using AxCrypt.

AxCrypt allows you to encrypt single files or folders at the drop of a hat. It doesn’t have any kind of application that you need to run first, it all integrates into Windows through the right click menu. You can use either an encryption pass phrase or create a key file from any file you wish. With the latter, you don’t need to remember a pass phrase you just need to know which file is your keyfile.

To encrypt a file all you need to do is right click on it, select the AxCrypt menu and then hit encrypt. AxCrypt will then encrypt the file or folder for you, protecting it with 128 bit encryption. Once encrypted all you need to do is double click on the file, AxCrypt will then prompt you for the pass phrase/keyfile and your file will then be opened. Once you’ve finished simply close the file and it will remain encrypted for you.

NOTE: Encrypting and decrypting large folders can take a very long time.

If you wish to transfer your encrypted files you will need to ensure that the other person has AxCrypt installed and that they know the pass phrase or have a copy of the keyfile. AxCrypt is completely free and open source, it can be downloaded using the link below.

Download AxCrypt for Windows

Encrypt Specific Files & Folders With AxCrypt [Windows]
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  • Hung Lee

    Mr Quink. I have many documents on my hard drive that I need to ensure stay out of the public eye, and by the public, I mean my wife. If she found those photos I took when I was fooling around with Ackbar and his many goats she would surely kick me out of the house and keep all of the goats for herself. “It’s a trap!” Ackbar kept telling me. I should have listened. So to the point. I was advised to use steganography by a close personal friend, but dinosaurs aren’t a big turn on for me. What I’m trying to say is, Ackbar has a folder on his desktop labelled ‘Ackbars most best goat pictures. Keep out. This means you Hung Lee’. I think he may have used AxCrypt to encrypt the folders so I Googled AxCrypt and found your site. Can you help me to decrypt Ackbars goat pictures? I’d gladly share them with you once decrypted, please clean them when you’re finished though.

    Looking mostly forward to working with you.

    Warmest regards,

    “Well” Hung Lee

    • Mrs Lee

      Hung, I was able to decrypt the pictures without Mr Quacks help – It didn’t take me long to put 2 and 2 together to figure out how Billy got his smile. Was it you or Ackbar that took this one:


      All your stuff is on the front lawn. I’m keeping the goats. Ackbar will be around in the morning with the divorce papers.


      • Faith Chuen

        Mrs Lee, I was not able to decrypt the pictures. I tried Kevam Kwirks steps and it doesn’t work. The picture I get isn’t the same as above. Instead all I see is my families holidays pictures. Please kindly review my picture below.


        How come your goat looks some white and happy, his smile is most elegant to our people.

        Kevam, I noticed you said “NOTE: Encrypting and decrypting large folders can take a very long time.”

        However, it’s took my 3 seconds and is still taking longer seconds to decrypt small folders – what am I doing wrong, is it the goat?

        Kindest thoughts

        Faith Chuen

    • Timmy “Small Big” Huen Chi

      Kindest sirs Mr Qurk,

      I have been reading this page and the comments by Hung Lee. I too have the issue with AxCrypt Windows, encrypting my great grandfather’s folders on his HP Envy laptop. For example, on the folder – I can see ‘Ackbars most best goat pictures. Keep out’. What our family likes to do is share such ancient and glorified traditions with others. Please can you suggest how we could get these files sent across to you for your dearest touch and review.

      The goats are not pleasable, as you can understand. Such intrusive photos serve to offend such once kindest animals to our family – all in great despair as you read this.

      Please understand, goats are usually wild creatures who don’t enjoy human pleasures. I know “Well” Hung Lee is too wild as of late, your urgency is needed.

      Thank you, thanking – thanks.

      Timmy “Small Big” Huen Chi