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How to hide a specific folder from search results on Windows 11

Sometimes, for privacy reasons, you may want to hide certain folders so that they don’t appear in the search results that come back every time someone makes a query with Windows 11 Search. Regardless of the specific reason, configuring your PC to exclude certain folders from system search queries shouldn’t be complicated. Find out below.

Hide a folder from search results on Windows 11

By default, Windows 11 will search for items in the Documents, Pictures, Music, and Desktop folders on the system.

To start hiding a folder in Windows search results, first open the Settings app on your Windows 11 PC by pressing the Windows + i keyboard shortcut.

In the Settings interface that opens, from the left menu bar, click on the “Privacy & Security” item.

Click “Privacy & Security”

On the “Privacy & Security” page, under the “Windows Permissions” section, click “Searching Windows”.

Click “Searching Windows”

On the “Searching Windows” page, you will see under “Exclude Folders From Enhanced Search” folders hidden from search results. To add one or more other folders to this list, click “Add an Excluded Folder“.

Click “Add an Excluded Folder”

You will see the “Select Folder” window appear. In this window, select the folder you want to hide in the search results.

Select the folder you want to hide in the search results

The path of the folder you selected will appear in the “Exclude Folders From Enhanced Search” section. This confirms that your folder is now hidden from search results.

Folder is now hidden from search results

It’s all as simple as that! We wish you a successful finish.

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