How to show hidden files on Windows

Here’s how to display hidden files and folders on Windows.


Windows 7/Vista

Open Folder Options by clicking the Start button , clicking Control Panel, clicking Appearance and Personalization, and then clicking Folder Options.

Click the View tab.

Under Advanced settings, click Show hidden files, folders, and drives, and then click OK.

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Windows XP

Open Folder Options by clicking Start, and then click Control Panel, click Appearance and Themes, and then click Folder Options.

On the View tab, under Hidden files and folders, click Show hidden files and folders.

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