How to view hidden files and folders in Windows 10/8/7

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In this article, we will see how to view hidden files, folders and drives as well as protected files from the operating system under Windows 10/8/7, via the File Explorer options in the Control Panel.

Show hidden files and folders

To do this, open the Control Panel and select the File Explorer options. File Explorer options are called folder options in Windows 8.1/7.

To view hidden files, folders and drives on your Windows computer 10:

1] Open File Explorer options

2] Click the View tab

3] Under Hidden Files and Folders, select Show hidden files, folders and drives.

4] Click Apply and Exit.

Show operating system protected files

September 2020 Update:

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If you want to show and hide operating system protected files, you must disable Hide Operating system protected files (Recommended) and click Apply.

There is another way. With the.exe attribu file, you can modify file attributes and/or display hidden files.

If you wish, you can also list all hidden files and folders on your Windows computer.

BONUS TIP : If you notice the ‘Show hidden files, folders and drives’ option is missing, this registry setting will help. Alternatively, you can use our free FixWin software to solve this problem. You can find the patch in the explorer area.

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