How to show hidden files in Windows 10

By default, some important system files and folders are hidden on Windows 10 so that you cannot delete accidentally. But, you may need to view them under certain circumstances, either for cleaning up the system or for repairingĀ configuration issues. This short guide will show you how to make these files visible.

Show Hidden Files in Windows 10

  1. In the search bar, type 'control panel' and then click it when it pops up in a menu.
  2. Under 'View by', click 'Large icons'.
  3. Click 'File Explorer Options'.
  4. Open the 'View' tab.
  5. Select 'Show hidden files, folders and drives'.
  6. Uncheck 'Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)'.
  7. Click Yes when you are prompted.
  8. Click OK.

That's all.

How to Show Hidden Files in Windows 10
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Karim Buzdar

About the Author: Karim Buzdar holds a degree in telecommunication engineering and holds several sysadmin certifications. As an IT engineer and technical author, he writes for various web sites. He blogs at LinuxWays.

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