How to see or show Hidden Files in Windows 10 [tutorial]

In Windows, some files are designed to be hidden by default as any changes or modifications to them may result to significant problems. Important system files and folders are often not readily shown like user files and common system files. For example, AppData or Roaming folder contains high-level files that makes applications work. These folders are hidden to avoid a user accidentally deleting them. Some viruses may often mimic this tactic by making themselves hidden. Whatever your reason is, knowing how to show hidden files may be helpful.

If you think you can handle yourself in safeguarding important files, then there’s really no reason for you hide anything. Below are two easy ways to expose previously hidden files in your Window 10 machine.

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Method 1

  1. Find the File Explorer icon in the Taskbar (Folder icon) and click it.
  2. Once you’ve opened File Explorer, click on the View tab
  3. Select Options.
  4. When the Folder Options screen opens, click on the View tab.
  5. You will now see various settings you can select. Look for Folder Options category, and click on Show Hidden Files or Folders.
  6. Under the Hidden files and folders section, select the radio button labeled Show hidden files, folders, or drives.
  7. Remove the checkmark from the checkbox labeled Hide extensions for known file types.
  8. Remove the checkmark from the checkbox labeled Hide protected operating system files (Recommended).
  9. Press the Apply button and then the OK button.

Method 2:

  1. Open Control Panel. You can do that by pressing Windows key + X and selecting Control Panel.
  2. Select Large or Small icons from the View by menu if one of them is not already selected.
  3. Select File Explorer Options (sometimes called Folder options).
  4. Open the View tab.
  5. Select Show hidden files, folders and drives.
  6. Uncheck Hide protected operating system files.
  7. Click Yes when prompted to confirm.
  8. Click OK.


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