How to Show Hidden Files in Windows 10

In today’s post, I’m going to share with you two possible ways on how to show hidden files in Windows 10. If you’re looking for the same thing, then I recommend you to check out this post until the last line.

how to show hidden files in windows 10

Microsoft made lots of changes into Windows 10 in comparison to earlier versions of Windows. With default settings, it hides essential system folders and files from you to restrict you from deleting them automatically, just like in other modern windows operating system.

However, lots of time condition comes when you want to view hidden files in Windows 10 directories. For example, in Windows 10 there is a folder named as AppData, the folder has lots of app settings files that you want to alter. No doubt there are also some other reasons too due to which users want to learn about how to view hidden files windows 10.

How to Show Hidden Files in Windows 10

The process to view hidden files in Windows 10 is straightforward, but still, there are lots of users who don’t know how to do that. I’m sure you’re one out of them. So to help out users, I decided to write this post in which users will read about two possible ways how to view|show hidden files windows 10.

Before you start: It is highly recommended that no to delete any of the hidden files if you’re not aware of how it going to affect the Windows operating system.

So without further delay why don’t you start reading about them:

1. Show hidden files in Windows 10 – File Manager (Quick Method)

1. Launch File Explorer in Windows 10. For that, Press WIN + E keyboard keys.

2. In the toolbar switch to the View tab and under Show/Hide section tick mark the box for Show hidden files.

show hidden files in windows 10

In no seconds the hidden files and folder will appear in the same directory. For example, by default the C: (Windows installation drive) looks like shown in the following screenshot:

windows 10 file explorer - hide files

But when you select to show hidden files, you will find some extra files and folders (Highlighted) like shown in the following screenshot:

windows 10 file explorer- show hidden files

2. Show hidden files in Windows 10 – Control Panel

1. Launch Control Panel. For that, type control panel in the Windows 10 Start menu and when the same app appears in the search results click to launch it.

open control panel in windows 10

2. Here in the Control Panel window look for “File Explorer options” folder and click to open it.

file explorer options folder in control panel in windows 10

3. This will launch File Explorer Options windows; here you need to switch to View tab. Under Advanced settings look for a folder named as Hidden files and folders.

Under if you will see two options named as:

  • Don’t show hidden files, folders, or drives
  • Show hidden files, folders, or drives

To show hidden files in Windows Ten you need to select the option “Show hidden files, folders, or drivers.” After that, click Apply and OK.

Show hidden files, folders, or drivers

Now if you head back to the folder, you will notice that all the hidden files and folder are visible.

Bonus: The same method also works on an earlier version of Windows like Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.

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I hope you find this article on How to Show Hidden Files in Windows 10 useful. Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

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