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How to Use File Mask to Select Multiple Files

Universal Shield lets you use file masks as a way to make it easier to select more than one file. Selecting files with a mask can be accomplished by choosing the Protect > Hide by mask drop down on the toolbar, or by using the Universal Shield Wizard.

Note: This section discusses using masks to select files. For a more thorough example of hiding objects, see "How to Hide Files and Folders".

  1. If needed, run the Universal Shield software by clicking Start > Programs > Universal Shield and clicking the Universal Shield icon, or by double-clicking the Universal Shield shortcut on your Windows desktop.
  2. If the Universal Shield Wizard does not open automatically, click the Wizard button. The Universal Shield Wizard opens.
  3. Select Hide files, folders, or disks. (You can only hide disks in Windows NT, 2000, and XP.)
  4. After you select the option you want, click Next. The Wizard leads you through the process of hiding files or folders.
  5. Choose the object you want to hide. For example, you might want to hide a Microsoft Word (*.DOC) file. Select I want to hide a group of files using a mask.
  6. Click Next.
  7. Click Add to List.
  8. Note: When you set a path, all subdirectories in the path will be affected. Therefore, selecting C:\*.PDF would protect all PDF files on your computer that were located directly under the C:\ path or in folders and subfolders anywhere on the C:\ drive.

  9. Universal Shield prompts you to type the mask you want to use to select files. All files that meet the criteria defined by the mask will be selected.
    1. Enter a path name and mask that defines the files you want to protect. Use the following wildcards to define the mask:

      * - An asterisk (*) denotes any number of any characters. Thus, *.DOC means you are selecting all DOC (Microsoft Word) files of any name.

      Thus, you might enter, C:\MyFolder\*.DOC to select and protect all Microsoft Word files in a folder called MyFolder.

  10. Click OK, Next, Finish to complete the process of selecting the files you want to protect.
  11. The Universal Shield window displays the files you set to be hidden.
  12. To set the hidden property, you must ENABLE protection. Click the Unlocked button. The status bar shows whether protection is ENABLED.

See Also


Universal Shield 4.7: Hide files, folders, and drives, and set access rules using flexible security combinations for your most precious data.

Lock Folder XP is a new security tool that lets you lock your files, folders, and drives with your personal password.

Protect Folder: Lock USB drives and local folders on the fly by protecting them with your own password.

USB Security: Secure workstations or the entire network against unauthorized USB devices.

DiskBoost: Speed up disk operation with a secure virtual RAM disk.

Using Protect Folder 98, you can password-protect your files and folders from unauthorized access by other Windows 98/ME users.

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