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How to Show Hidden Files and Folders in Windows10?

This guide has covered two different approaches to Show Hidden Files and Folders in Windows10. And these methods work on other versions of Windows too. Good for Windows beginners



I am sure that you know how to hide files and folders on a computer running on Windows. But if you don’t know how to show hidden files and folders on Windows 10 then this will be a useful guide. Maybe some of your siblings or your children have hidden some files and folders that you want to peek into. The process of doing that is very simple as you can do that with just one click. But problem is that most people don’t know how to do that. And here I’ll explain how to view hidden files and folders on Windows 10.

You may have seen how hidden files and folders look like. They generally have a blurred icon which indicates that they are marked hidden. But you can view them easily. And you will get to see that step by step here. With the help of building Windows features, you can see hidden files and folders.

How to Show Hidden Files and Folders in Windows10?

To see hidden files and folders in Windows 10 I will mention two different methods. The first method is only applicable to Windows 10 and Windows 8. But, the second method is applicable to every version of Windows to see hidden files and folders. And if you want to see file extensions as well, then you can do that in a similar way.

So let’s get started with the first method to see hidden files and folders in Windows 10. For this, open the folder in which you want to see the hidden files and folders. After that, from the ribbon above, go to the “View” tab. Here you can check the “Hidden Items” option to reveal all hidden files and folders in the current directory. By checking the option will hide the folders and files again.

hidden files and folders enable in Windows 10

Now, we will see the second method to show hidden folders and files in Windows 10. This method is quite traditional and it works on every version of Windows ever released.

Go to the Control Panel, and open “File Explorer Option”. After that click on the View tab and then you will see two different options to show or hide hidden files. You can select any option from there according to your needs.

file explorer options to show hidden fies and folders

Note: If you are using an older version of Windows, then in Control Panel there may be a different name for File Explorer Options. In XP and Windows Vista, it is known as “Folder Options” too.

The Bottom Line:

These are the two different approaches to show hidden files and folders on Windows 10. Based on which one is convenient for you, you can use that. Also, you can let me know another way to do it if there is or any other computer trick( in the comments).

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