​Miscellaneous Technical How-Tos Windows - Show Hidden Folders

Windows - Show Hidden Folders

In some cases you may need to access hidden files or folders for troubleshooting steps.

To show hidden folders in Windows Vista or 7:

  1. Open any folder on your computer. Click the Organize button and select Folder and search options
    windows 7 folder options
  2. In the Folder Options window select the View tab and in the Advanced settings list choose the option to Show hidden files, folder, and drives.
    windows 7 show hidden
  3. Click OK and you can now view hidden folders in Windows.
 

To show hidden folders in Windows 8.1:

  1. Open any folder on on your computer. Click the View tab at the top and to the right check the box that say Hidden items.
    windows 8 file explorer view tab
  2. You can now view hidden folders in Windows.


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