By defaults, you can hide some important folders and files in all newest versions of Microsoft Windows. Also, you can hide them by simply turning on the hidden attribute.
The reason why some files are automatically hidden is that those files should not be deleting, changing or moving around. Unlike such files, we have files or folders that we want to hide from prying eyes.
Whatever may be your reason, you should also know to show those hidden files. The procedure is quite simple and can be done with only a few steps. Moreover, here are some methods that you can apply to view the hidden files on your computer.
Through the Windows Explorer
Click on “This PC” application on the ‘Start Window’ key and open it.
After opening, it shows the different drives and folders inside your computer. Open any, for example, Folder D.
Once you’ve opened the page, on top, you’ll find a toolbar that allows you to click on ‘View’.
Inside it, you’ll find a box called “hidden items”. Click on it.
You’ll be able to check the hidden files if there is a mark on “hidden items”.
A file is hidden when you also choose to hide it from ‘Properties’.
Likewise, you can later check on those items whenever needed.
Using Control Panel To View Hidden Files In Windows 10
Open the Control Panel on Windows Startup.
Click on ‘Appearances and Personalization’ to show the ‘File Explorer’ option.
Once the ‘File Explorer’ is shown, you must select the ‘View’ icon which allows checking the hidden files and folders beneath the Advanced Setting option.
Select the ‘Show hidden files, folders and drives’ option and click Apply.
Using Registry To View Hidden Files In Windows 10
Press the Window Key and type “R” to open the ‘Run’ on Window 10
Type ‘Regedit’ to open the registry editor.
Search for the following location:
Put the value for “Hidden” to “1” to display hidden drives, folders, and files. Set “2” to not show protected drives, folders and files.
Choose the Advanced Key on it to find the ‘Hidden’ REG_DWORD and double click on it to change the value data. If the value data is ‘2’ then set it to ‘1’ to show the hidden files.
Bonus: Also, the same process works on the previous version of Windows including Windows 8.1, Windows 8 and Windows 7.