Are you looking for a way to hide files and folders from Windows 11? If so, you’ve come to the right place. In this post, we’re going to show you how to hide files and folders with a simple trick.
How to Find Hidden Files on Windows 11 [Tutorial]
How to Show Hidden Files in Windows
In Windows, you can show or hide files by using the File Explorer.
- Open File Explorer.
- If you don’t have it open, right-click on the desktop and select “New > Folder”.
- Name the folder “Hidden Files”.
- Click on the “Hidden Files” folder.
- Locate the file “Show hidden files (on desktop)” and double-click on it.
- The dialog box shown below will open.
- Check the box next to the file you want to show and uncheck the box next to the file you don’t want to show.
- Click OK.
- The file will now be shown or hidden, as you choose.
If you want to permanently hide or show a file or folder, you can use the following steps.
- Open File Explorer.
- Locate the file or folder you want to change.
- Right-click on the file or folder and select “Properties”.
- On the General tab, click on the “Hidden files and folders” check box and click OK.
- The file or folder will now be hidden or shown, as you choose.
Why You Might Want to Show Hidden Files
There are a few reasons why you might want to show hidden files on your Windows computer. The first reason is that you might want to view hidden files to see if there is something important that you have missed. For example, if you are looking for a document that you accidentally deleted, you can view the hidden files to see if there is a copy of the document hidden somewhere on your computer.
The second reason to view hidden files is if you are trying to troubleshoot a problem. For example, if you are having trouble opening a file, you can view the hidden files to see if there is a compatibility issue that you are not aware of. If you are having trouble with a program, you can also view the hidden files to see if there are any errors that are causing the problem.
The final reason to view hidden files is if you just want to view some of the files that are not normally visible on your computer. For example, you might want to view the hidden files of a program that you are downloading so that you can know what files are being downloaded.
If you are ever in doubt as to whether or not to view a hidden file, you can always consult the help files that come with your computer. Most computers have a help file that you can access by pressing the F1 key or by using the search function on your computer.
So, why not try viewing some of your hidden files today and see what you can find!
How to Show Hidden Files in Older Versions of Windows
If you’re using an older version of Windows, you may not be able to see some of the files that are hidden by default. This guide will show you how to show hidden files on Windows 10, 8.1, and 8.
To show hidden files on Windows 10, 8.1, and 8.:
1. Open File Explorer.
2. In the File Explorer window, go to the folder where you want to show the hidden files.
3. On the View tab, choose Hidden files and folders.
4. If the files and folders that you want to show are hidden, they will appear as unlisted items.
5. To view the files and folders, click on the item.
How to Show Hidden Files in Windows
- Open the Start Menu and click on the ‘Open File Explorer’ option.
- In the File Explorer window, you will see a tree view on the left-hand side and a list view on the right-hand side.
- To show hidden files and folders in the list view, click on the ‘View’ option in the top left corner of the window.
- In the ‘View’ option, you will see a list of folders. Select the folder that you want to show hidden files and folders in.
- Under the ‘Hidden files and folders’ option, you will see a list of all the folders and files that are hidden in the selected folder.
- To show hidden files and folders in the tree view, drag and drop the folder icon from the list view to the tree view.
- If you want to hide the hidden files and folders again, click on the ‘Hidden files and folders’ option and uncheck the ‘Show hidden files and folders’ checkbox.
- Click on the ‘OK’ button to close the File Explorer window.
How to Show Hidden Files in Windows 8
In Windows 8, there are two ways to show hidden files: using the hidden files tool in the File Manager and using the command prompt.
To show hidden files using the File Manager, open the File Manager by pressing the Windows key and typing “file manager”. If you’re using a mouse, point to the bottom-left corner of the screen and click the down arrow that appears. If you’re using a touch screen, swipe from right to left in the main part of the screen.
When the File Manager appears, click the “View” tab and then click the “Hidden files and folders” button.
The Hidden files tool will appear. If you have more than one user account, each user account will have its own Hidden files tool.
To show hidden files using the command prompt, open the command prompt by pressing the Windows key and typing “cmd”. If you’re using a mouse, point to the bottom-left corner of the screen and click the down arrow that appears. If you’re using a touch screen, swipe from right to left in the main part of the screen.
When the command prompt appears, type the following command and press Enter:
folder /a /s
The “folder” command will show all the folders on your computer, including the hidden folders. The “/a” switch tells the command prompt to show all the files, not just the folders. The “/s” switch tells the command
There are various ways to view hidden files and folders on a Windows computer. One way is to open the File Explorer and select “View (Hidden) Files and Folders.” Another way is to use the Windows 10 “File Explorer Options” menu option to view hidden files and folders.