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How to Show Hidden Files and Folders in Windows 10

Windows 10, by default, have hidden files and folders.

If you wish, you can view them and hide them back at any time.

In this post, we will see two different ways to show hidden files and folders in Windows 10. Let's get started.

Show Hidden Files and Folders in Windows 10

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    Press Windows + E. It will open up "File Explorer."
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    Click on "View" tab in the Ribbon.
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    Check "Hidden items."
Checked Hidden items

That is all. Now, you can see the hidden files, folders of your PC. Not only that, but you can also see hidden drives of your PC too.

To Hide Hidden Files, Folders and Drives

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    Go to the "View" tab in the Ribbon.
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    Uncheck "Hidden items."
Unchecked hidden items
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    Press Windows + R. In the Run Command Box, type "control folders" (without double quotes), and then Press "Enter" key.
Run Command to open File Explorer Options
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    It will open up "File Explorer Options." Navigate to the "View" tab.
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    Find and select "Show hidden files, folders and drives."
Selected Show hidden files, folders and drives option
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    Click "OK" button.

To Hide Hidden Files, Folders and Drives

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    Go to the "View" tab of "File Explorer Options."
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    Select "Don't show hidden files, folders and drives."
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    Click "OK" button.

View Protected Operating System Files in Windows 10

The above methods unhide the normal hidden files, folders and drives. However, it will not unhide protected operating system files.

The protected operating system files are hidden system files and folders. If you wish to unhide them, follow the below steps:

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    Open Run Command (Windows + R). Type "control folders" (without double quotes) and then type "Enter" key.
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    In the "File Explorer Options," navigate to "View" tab.
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    Select "Show hidden files, folders and drives." Keep in mind that you can only see the protected operating system files when you select this option.
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    Uncheck the "Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)" option.
Unchecked option Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)
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    Click "Yes" on the confirmation popup.
Confirmation popup
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    Click "OK" button. That is all.

To Hide Protected Operating System Files

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    Go to the "View" tab of File Explorer Options.
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    Check "Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)."
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    The above step hides protected operating system files alone. However, the normal hidden items continue to be shown. If you want to hide those hidden items, select "Don't show hidden files, folders and drives."
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    Click "OK" button.

Final Thoughts

I suggest you to hide the normal hidden items and protected operating system files after you have completed your work with it.

I hope this guide is useful to you. If it is, share with your friends.

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