How to Show Hidden Files and Folders in Windows 10 (2023)

By Default Microsoft hides some important Application Files and folders in Windows 10 to protect users from Accidentally Deleting them. But for some reason, If you want to access these Hidden files, Here are Different Ways to Show Hidden Files and folders in Windows 10 version 22H2.

Show Hidden Files and Folders in Windows 10

There are various ways you can Access Hidden Files and folders on Windows 10, 8.1, and 7 computers.

Note: Windows Hidden Files are important system files, If you are planning to show these Hidden Files and folders We recommend first create a system restore point. So if due to any accident If any hidden file folder gets deleted then you can get back by performing a system restore.

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Show hidden files and folders in the View menu

First, we look at How To Show Hidden Files and folders from the View menu on Windows 10 Explorer.

  1. First Press Win + E to open Windows Explorer,
  2. Then Click on View Tab.
  3. Now Check Mark on Hidden Items, to show hidden files and folders.

show hidden items from view tab

Show Hidden Files and Folder From Folder options

Again you can also click on the options Under View Tab on File Explorer, Here on the folder options Move To view Tab and Select the Radio Button Show Hidden files, folders and drives under Hidden files and folders as shown below image. Next Click Apply and OK to save your change and close the Folder Options window.

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Show Hidden Files and Folders from File Explorer Options

Also, you can Unhide Hidden Files and folders from File Explorer options From the Control panel.

  • To-Do this first open control panel,
  • From Small Icon View Click on File Explorer options
  • Move to the View tab
  • Then Select Radio Button Show hidden files, folders, and drivers under Hidden Files and folders As shown below image.
  • Then click apply and ok to make save changes.

Show Hidden Files and Folder from File Explorer Options

Access Hidden AppData Folder Without Showing Hidden Files

On Windows 10 AppData folder is hidden by default, Sometimes we access this folder to perform Troubleshooting windows. you’re only interested in just your user account’s AppData folder, you can access it without having to go through the process to “Show Hidden Files.”

windows run appdata

Simply press Win + R, On-Run Type %appdata%, and hit enter key to open the Hidden AppData folder on Windows 10. This will launch a new File Explorer window and take you directly to the “Roaming” folder of your user account’s AppData folder, where the majority of your application-specific data is stored. If you need to access one of the “Local” folders in AppData, you can simply navigate up one level in the File Explorer address bar.

Note: Once you’ve completed your troubleshooting or other tasks which required access to these hidden folders, you can restore the default setting and re-hide them by navigating back to File Explorer > View > Options > View and changing the setting identified earlier back to Don’t show hidden files, folders, or drives.

Extra Tips: To Hide Any file or folder, simply right-click on it and select properties. Then next to Attributes checkmark On Hidden To hide the file or folder. And uncheck the same to show the file or folder on a Windows computer.

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