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Definition: Win Show hidden files and folders


Windows defaults to not showing hidden files in the Explorer file manager. To display hidden files, do the following:

Windows 8.1 and 10
1. Launch Explorer and select View.
2. Check Hidden items.

Windows 7
1. Launch Explorer and select Tools/Folder Options/View.
2. Check Show hidden files, folders and drives.

Windows XP
1. Launch Explorer and select Tools/Folder Options/View.
2. Check Show hidden files and folders.