How to Show Hidden Files and Folders in Windows 10?

There are times when we find a path mentioned on the internet, but we cannot access it because it is hidden or invisible. Windows usually hide all essential files and folders that are related to the operating system in some way. This is to ensure that no user accidentally deletes or modifies these files. Today in this article, we will talk about three different ways to make hidden files and folders visible in Windows 10.

To display the files and folders within a specific folder, use Windows File Explorer. In other cases, you may prefer to use either the system settings or the registry to make all files and folders visible on your computer. You can easily recognize the ones that are hidden as they are displayed in a slightly lighter color. Let’s explore –

3 ways to show hidden files and folders in Windows 10

To view hidden files and folders in Windows 10, use any of the following methods –

1] Using the System Settings

This is the easiest method of all and can be used to make all hidden files and folders visible. Let us begin –

1, Press the Windows key and type “hidden” in the search bar.

2, Click the first result “Show hidden files” under the system settings.

3, On the next screen, press “Show Settings” next to “Change Settings to Show Hidden and System Files”.

4, When the File Explorer Options window is displayed, activate the button next to “Show hidden files, folders and drives”.

5, Finally, click Apply and then OK to implement the above changes.

6, Now you can go to any folder on the computer and see the hidden files inside.

2] With Windows Explorer

If you know of a specific folder that contains hidden files or folders, you can use Windows Explorer to access these. All you need to do is open that folder and click the View tab. Then, in the list, check the box to the left of “Hidden Objects.”


 Look at the following screenshot –

Note: in case you don’t know where the hidden files and folders exist, this method won’t work for you. However, you can continue with the other methods

3] With the Registry

You can also view hidden files and folders using the Registry editor –

1, Press the Windows + R keys to open the command run window.

2, In the box, type “regedit” and hit Enter.

3. When the UAC (Used Access Control) window appears, click Yes.

4, Then head to the next route using the navigation arrows on the left panel.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Explorer \ Advanced

5, Go down and click on the hidden file, then change the value to “1” instead of “2”.

Note: To make hidden files and folders invisible again, follow the steps above and set the value “2” again

This is all. If you have any questions or suggestions, let us know in the comment section below.

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