How to Show Hidden Files Windows 10? [Hide/Unhide Tricks]

How to Show Hidden Files Windows 10? [Hide/Unhide Tricks]
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If you are running Windows 10 and want Windows 10 show the hidden files, here are 3 easy ways for you to have a free trial.

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Option A: From File Explorer Ribbon

The easiest way to show Windows 10 hidden files is to check the “Hidden items” option located at File Explorer ribbon. You can find it by going to Windows 10 File Explorer, switch to View tab and then make sure the Hidden items option is selected. Then you will find that the hidden items are displayed there.

select Hidden items option
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Option B: From Folder Option

Here are 2 ways for you to get to the Folder Option window:

Way 1. Search Control Panel and open it. In the new pop-out window, set view by small icons and then select File Explorer Options.

search Control Panel and run it
choose File Explorer Options

Way 2. Go to File Explorer, switch to View, drop-down the Options and choose Change folders and search options.

go to Change folders and search options

When you are in the Folder Options window, switch to View tab. Then scroll down to check “Show hidden files, folders and drivers”. You can also uncheck the “Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)” option but this is optional.

choose Show hidden files, folders and drivers
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Option C: Via Registry

  1. Press “Win + R” to evoke the Run dialog box.
  2. Type “regedit“, then press OK.
  3. Navigate to the following location: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\AdvancedSoftware
  4. To show hidden files, set the value for “Hidden” to “1”, folders, and drives. To not show hidden files, folders, and drives, set the value to “2”.
  5. To show protected operating system files, set the value for “ShowSuperHidden” to “1”. To not show protected operating system files, set the value to “2”.
run regedit
change the value to show or not show hidden files
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