Showing Hidden Files and Folders on Windows 8

This Time Clock MTS How To Guide explains how to show hidden files and folders in Windows 8. If you need to show hidden files and folders in Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 then you should see this How-To article.

1. View the Windows 8 Desktop

Click the Desktop tile on the Windows 8 start screen to view the windows desktop. See the image below.

Windows 8 Desktop

Windows 8 Desktop

2. Right Click on the Mini Start Screen

Do this by moving your mouse to the lower left corner of the Windows 8 desktop. When your mouse is in the correct spot the mini start menu will appear. At this point RIGHT CLICK your mouse and the menu shown in the image below will appear. Click on the Control Panel option.

Windows 8 Lower Left Corner Mini Start Menu

Windows 8 Lower Left Corner Mini Start Menu

3. View the Folder Options Applet

When the control panel is visible (see image below) click on the Folder Options option.

Control Panel

Control Panel

4. Click the View Tab

You’ll now be looking at the Folder Options screen (see the image below). Click the View tab.

Folder Options

Folder Options

5. Show Hidden Files, Folders, and Drives

You’re now viewing the Windows 8 folder options. You’ll see a long list of check boxes and option selectors. Click on the Hidden files and folders icon and then click the Show hidden files, folders, and drives option selector. When clicked correctly the screen should look like the screen shot below.

View Folder Options

View Folder Options

6. Save the Changes

Click the Apply button to save the changes to your windows settings and the OK button to close the folder options window. Close the control panel window too. You’ll now be able to view Hidden Files and Folders in Windows 8.

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