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View hidden files and folders in Windows operating systems


For procedures where you are required to make hidden files or folders visible, use the instructions below for your operating system:

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Windows 10

  1. Open the folder where the hidden files or folders you want to view are saved.
  2. Click View → Details and then select the check box next to Hidden items.

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Windows 8.x

  1. Press the Windows Key, type Control Panel into the search bar and then click Control Panel.
  2. Click Folder Options → View and then select Show hidden files, folders and drives. Click OK.

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Windows 7/ Vista

  1. Click StartControl PanelAppearance and Personalization → Folder Options.
  1. Click Show hidden files and folders​. Select Show hidden files, folders, and drives and then click OK.

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