How To Unhide Hidden Files

Windows


Microsoft has a habit of hiding certain System Files and even File Extensions. Good or bad, it’s always debatable. I don’t like it. Here’s how to un-hide hidden files. This applies to all versions of Windows – *Folder Options was changed to File Explorer Options in Windows 10.

  • Windows 7: Go to Start > Control Panel > Folder Options, then click on the View tab.
  • Windows 8.1: Right click Start > select Control Panel > Folder Options > View tab
  • Windows 10: Right click Start > select Control Panel > File Explorer Options > View tab

folder-optionsfile explorer options

  • Find the Hidden files and folders section and click on the dot by Show hidden files, folders, and drives.
  • Uncheck the box Hide extensions for known file types.
  • Uncheck Hide protected operating system files (Recommended).

hidden folder options

You’ll get a warning; just click Yes.

system files warning

Now you’ll see all the hidden files on your system. A noticeable one is going to be a desktop.ini file (or two) on your desktop.

Reverse the process to bring back the Default Settings.

About the Author

Terry Hollett

Terry is a self-taught computer aficionado, who after being exposed to Windows 3.1 in the early 1990's devoured every book and magazine on the subject he could get his hands on. A published author with over 20 years' experience building and servicing computers for friends and family he started his first website in 2002 at Hit Any Key.

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