3 Ways to See Hidden Files and Folders in Windows 10

Microsoft Windows 10 hides specific files from you to view to prevent them from being deleted and damaged. But if you still want to view them, here’s how you can see them via 3 different ways:

1st Way – Through File Explorer

1.    Press the “Start” button, then choose “File Explorer”.

2.    Ensure that the menu bar is expanded. You can toggle the menu bar by clicking on the ^ at the upper right side of the window.

3.    Click the “View” tab.

4.    Click to Show hidden files and folders.

5.    If you want to view more files, select “ Option” > “View”.

2nd Way – Through Control Panel

1.    Go to the Start menu, then select  “Control Panel”.

2.    Head over to “ Appearance and Personalization”, then click on “File Explorer”.

3.    Press the “View” tab.

4.    Navigate below and set the “Hidden files and folders” to “Show hidden files, folders and drives”.

3rd Way – Via Registry

1.    Hold the Windows Key and Select “R” to go to the “Run” dialog box.

2.    Type “regedit”, then press “Enter”.

3.    Go to the following location:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER

Software

Microsoft

Windows

CurrentVersion

Explorer

Advanced

4.    Configure the value for “Hidden” to “1” to show hidden files, folders, and drives.

Make the value to “2” to not show hidden files, folders, and drives.5.   Configure the value for “ShowSuperHidden” to “1” to show protected operating system files and then Set the value to “2” to not see protected Windows files.

Jack Tucker is a Microsoft Office expert and has been working in the technical industry from last 10 year. As a technical expert, he has written technical blogs, manuals, white papers, and reviews for many websites such as office.com/setup.

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