How to show hidden files and folders in Windows 10

Many files are hidden by the operating system for security reasons, while others may have been hidden by the user. Whatever the case, you can always show or show these hidden files in Windows 10 easily.

As we know, there are more files on your computer than you normally see with File Explorer. Even if they are system or user files, sometimes you will need to see these hidden files or folders on your Windows 10 computer. Here are 3 ways you can show them.

Show hidden files with File Explorer

The option within Windows 10’s File Explorer itself is the fastest and easiest to show hidden files.

# 1. Open any folder on your PC or use the Windows keyboard shortcut + E to open File Explorer.

# 2. Then select the View tab , in which you choose how the files are displayed in the Explorer.

# 3. Now in the Show / Hide section , check the Hidden Items option .

This option is unchecked by default, and if you check it you will be able to see all the hidden files on your Windows 10 computer. You just have to go to the folder where the hidden files you want to see are located and you will be able to see them.

Another way to do it, in the View tab itself, click the Options button ; Or go to the File menu and choose the Change folder and search options option .

In the Folder Options window that opens, go to the View tab .

In the Hidden files and folders group, choose the Show hidden files, folders and drives option and click the Apply / OK button .

This method is a bit longer, but it is the traditional way to show hidden files and folders in Windows 10, 8, 7, XP, etc.

Show hidden folders from Control Panel

You can also use the Control Panel to show hidden files and folders on your Windows 10 computer.

Find and open Control Panel from the Start menu.

Select Large icons in View by, and choose the File Explorer Options item .

In the window that opens, choose the View tab and enable the Show hidden files, folders, and drives option .

Then click the Apply button or OK to be able to see the hidden files and folders in Windows 10.

In the Windows registry

It is not recommended to edit the Windows registry for a task as simple as viewing hidden files, but if for some reason you want, you can do it.

Find and open the Registry Editor by typing regedit in Start search.

Once the Registry Editor is open, navigate the following path:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Explorer \ Advanced

In the right panel, locate and double-click the Hidden key .

Change the value of it to 1 and click OK to show your hidden files in Windows 10.

With any of these methods the same thing is achieved, showing the hidden files and folders on your computer with Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7, etc. It also works to show hidden files on a USB stick, but I recommend this post in that case, as there could be other reasons why they are hidden.

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