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How to view hidden files in Windows 10

Here’s how to view hidden files and folders in Windows 10, and earlier versions – it only requires a little setup.

Windows has practically always had the ability to hide files in a very simple way , with a system attribute. Viewing hidden files in this way, and possibly folders, is very simple: just change a system setting. So let’s see how to view hidden files in Windows 10 and in previous versions of the famous operating system.

Windows hidden files, an effective system?

As we said, the ability to hide files in this way has existed in Windows pretty much since the very beginning, and is based on a simple system flag . A similar mechanism exists in virtually all operating systems. It must be said that the main purpose is not to keep secrets , but simply to hide files and folders from “basic” users which, if deleted, could lead to malfunctions.

However, if we are advanced users, we want to learn, or we need to do some operations a little more complex than usual, we may need to view the hidden files or folders that the system (or some more skilled user) tries. to hide like this.

How to view hidden files and folders in Windows 10

The system for showing hidden files in Windows is the same since at least Windows 95 . We report it because in Windows 10 the way to achieve it has changed slightly, but the principle is always the same.

All we have to do is open any folder in the Explorer, then click on the View item. From here click on Options at the bottom right and choose the only available item, change folder options and search .

In the window that opens, move to the View tab. Scroll through the advanced options until you find Hide protected system files (recommended) . This is the option we need to turn off for Windows to show us hidden files and folders.

Compared to previous versions, an additional confirmation has been added in Windows 10. We simply choose Yes in the window that opens.

Apparently, it changes little

This Windows feature adds to the numerous “under the hood” settings available to the operating system. Actually, if we’re not looking for a specific file or folder, noticing the difference won’t be that easy . After activating this option, in fact, the files and folders that were previously hidden are simply listed together with the others, simply with a slightly less saturated color that allows us to understand that they are “reserved”.