How to Show hidden folders in Windows 10

Do you know, we can hide folders or files on Windows 10 or older versions Windows 8 or 7?

Yes, we can, it helps us to somewhat secure our files or folders from prying friends’ eyes or if your computer is being used by multiple users. Also, by default, the option to hide files is enabled to secure some crucial files of Windows from users because lest users deleted them by mistake; which eventually hinder the working of Windows 10/8/7. Thus, here we will learn the way to use this option to hide or unhide files.

Hide or Unhide files or folders on Windows 10

Time needed: 1 minute

If you do not see some folders in Windows 10, they are hidden. Here is the step by step guide to know how to show hidden folders in Windows 10 or 8 or 7.

  1. Open Windows 10 or 7 File Explorer

    To open Windows explorer either you can simply click on any folder or MyComputer icon. The keyboard shortcut keys combination for that is Windows key + E this will open the Windows Explorer.

    Open Windows 10 file explorer

  2. Click on File option from Windows Explorer

    On the left top side of the Windows Explorer, you will see the File option click on that to reveal further options.

    Click on File Menu

  3. Select Change folder and files option

    Now from the File menu options go to “Change folder and search options” click on it to get other options related to it.

    Change folder and search option

  4. Show hidden files, folders and drives.

    Select the View tab and then go to Advanced settings from where you have to check the radio box option given at the front of text “Show hidden files, folders or drives” and after that click on the Apply button.
    If you want to again hide all the files select “Don’t show hidden files, folder and drives”.

    Show hidden files folders and drives

  5. How to hide some folder or file

    In case you have selected the Don’t show hidden file option in the above step then after that hiding any file, will not show to anybody. Unless you do not make that option to Show.

    To hide any file or folder simply right click on that then select properties option. Where check the hidden option and click on the OK button. That’s it.

    Hide any file or folder

In this way, we can hide or unhide different folders and files on the Windows 10 operating system running PC.