How to Show Hidden Files and Folders in Windows 10 & 7

Don’t know how to show hidden files? Then this article will help you learn how to unhide them back. Actually, Windows computer keeps many files and folders hidden by default. This is done to prevent users from accidentally modify or remove some important files from the system. Although, these hidden files and folders in Windows can be exposed in few simple steps. We Will teach you how to show hidden files and folders in Windows 7, 8, and 10.

Also Read: How to Get Help With File Explorer in Windows 10

In Windows, you can also hide any file or folder you wish in just a couple clicks and same hidden content can be unhid by a single method that we are about to share you.

Hiding a folder/file is done in a pretty same way on all the Windows versions.

  • Simply Right-Click on the file or folder.
  • Click on “Properties” located at the bottom most in the list.
  • Toggle or check the “Hidden” option (Hide Single file).

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  • Or, Checkbox to enable “Hidden” feature, choose to hide only single folder or including sub-files and folders inside it (Hide Folder with Subfolder and Files).

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  • Click “OK” to confirm the changes.

Now, if you hide any file or folder following the above method, the hidden files are kept as same files hidden by default. These hidden folders can be unhid by the same method but that varies slightly according to the Windows version.

Here is how to find and view hidden files and folders in various Windows computer.

How to Show Hidden Files and Folders in Windows

Windows 8 and 10 shares comparatively the same ecosystem while Windows 7 has a slightly different environment. So, the procedure to open hidden files and folders is also different in Windows 7.

Let’s start off with the Windows 7.

Show Hidden Files and Folders in Windows 7:

The option to find hidden files or folders is a little deeper inside Windows 7. That is hidden in Folder Options window. However, digging out the option is way much easy. Once you know the method, you won’t forget it anymore.

Step 1: Open “My Computer” or “Windows Explorer” toolbar.

Step 2: Click on the “Organize” button located on the top-left corner of the window, right below the Arrow buttons.

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Step 3: From the drop-down menu, click on “Folder and search options.”

Step 4: A pop-up windows will appear, click on “View” tab next “General” tab.

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Step 5: Now, locate and enable the “Show hidden files, folders, and drives” option under the ‘Hidden files and folders.’

Step 6: To confirm the settings, click on “OK” and close.

This same window of “Folder Options” can be opened in Windows 8 and 10. However, using the ribbons makes it even quicker than anything else.

Show Hidden Files and Folders in Windows 7:

In Windows 8 and 10, it is even easier to open hidden files and folders. Adding t that easy option, you can also take a long trip alternatively. Well, in any version of Windows, this alternative little-long procedure works as same. What you have to do in this method is –

  • Firstly, Open Control Panel.
  • Then click on “Appearance and Personalization” option.

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  • Finally, drop in “Folder Options.” On this window, you can see “Show hidden files, folders, and drives” option which is to be enabled.

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The above method may work for all the Windows versions but is quite long.

Show Hidden Files and Folders in Windows 10:

If you are on Windows 8 or 10, you should prefer a shorter method.

Follow the below instructions to get it done quickly.

Step 1: Firstly, open your “My Computer” or “Windows Explorer.”

Step 2: Next, tap on “View” tab from the top-left corner. of the window.

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Step 3: Locate the ribbons with three folder options as such ‘Item check boxes,’ ‘File name extensions,’ and ‘Hidden items.’

Step 4: Tick or enable the “Hidden items” option as seen in the below image.

Enabling the option will open the hidden files and folders in Windows 8 and 10. If you re-hide the files, simply disable the same option. That’s quite a piece of cake.

That’s how you can show hidden files and folders in Windows 7, 8, and 10. We hope you have learned to hide the files as well so that you can keep your private files and folders invisible from sneaking hands.

If you have any queries regarding hiding and showing files or folders on Windows, do leave us a comment.

How to Show Hidden Files and Folders in Windows 10 & 7
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