Showing Hidden Files and Folders on Windows 10

This Time Clock MTS How To Guide explains how to show hidden files and folders in Windows 10. If you need to show hidden files and folders in Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, or Windows XP then you should see this How-To article.

1. Open the Control Penel

Click the Windows 10 search box and type “Control Panel” and start the Control Panel app. See image below.

Windows 10 – Starting the Control Panel

2. Click on Appearance and Personalization Link

When the Windows Control Panel has opened you’ll see something like that shown below. Click the Appearance and Personalization option on the top right of the Control Panel.

Control Panel – Find the Appearance and Personalization Link

3. Click the Show hidden files and folders link

When you’re viewing the Appearance and Personalization applet (see image below) you’ll see a link on the middle right of the screen called Show Hidden Files and Folders. Click that link.

Find the Show hidden files and folders link

5. Show Hidden Files, Folders, and Drives

You’re now viewing the Windows 10 File Explorer Options form. You’ll see a long list of check boxes and option selectors. Click on the Hidden files and folders folder 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.

Windows 10 File Explorer 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 10.

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