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Simplest way to view hidden files in Windows

Posted By:Abhisek Panda       Posted Date: June 26, 2010    Points: 25    Category: General    URL: http://www.dotnetspark.com  

Sometimes we need to view hidden files. in this article I will tell you the simplest way to view hidden files in any Windows Operating System.

Simplest way to view hidden files in Windows

There are many ways to view the hidden files and folder in Windows. But this is the 
simplest way to do it in any Operating System

NOTE:- Windows Operating System does not show hidden files and folders by default as some sensitive files need to be hidden. So you should take much more care while dealing with hidden files and folders. Don't delete the system's hidden files and folders.

Here comes the best and simplest way,

Open My Computer or Windows Explorer. Then in the menu bar select the Tools menu. Then select the Folder Option...

So the path is 
My Computer/Windows explorer-->Tools-->Folder Option...

Then you will find the Folder option Window. 

Then select View tab. In the view tab find the "Hidden files and folders". Expand it.

You will find there are two options. The default option is "Don't show hidden files, folders, or drive" and the second option as "Show hidden file, folders, and drives". 

Select the second option and click on Apply. Now we can see all your hidden files and folders.

N.B:- Please click on the "Restore Defaults" to set the default values or select the first option again when you finished working on hidden items. it is not mandatory, it is just due to security reason. 
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