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How Do I View Hidden Files In Windows?
Windows 8 And Above
Windows 7
Windows XP

Allow Viewing of File Extensions in Windows

Tags: Windows 

How Do I View Hidden Files In Windows?
Windows 8 And Above
Windows 7
Windows XP

Certain folders, file types, and drives are normally hidden by default. This can make it tricky if you need to edit one of them or at least view them.

How Do I View Hidden Files In Windows?

Here's how to view hidden files in Windows, depending on which version of Windows you're using.

Windows 8 And Above

Step 1: Windows key and the "x" button at the same time

Step 2:  Select the control panel from the menu that pops up

Step 3:  Type "folder options" in the top right search box

Step 4:  Click Folder Options or Folder or File Explorer Options

Step 5:  Click the View tab at the top of the popup window

Step 6:  Click to toggle Show Hidden Files, Folders, and drives

Step 7:  Click to toggle the option for Hide Extensions for Known File Types

Step 8:  Click OK

Windows 7

Step 1:  Click Start

Step 2:  Type Folder Options in the search bar

Step 3:  Click Folder Options

Step 4:  Click View on the box that pops up

Step 5: Ensure that Show hidden files, folders, and drives are enabled

Step 6: Make sure Hide Extensions for Known File Types is not checked

Step 7: Click Apply

Step 8: Click OK

Windows XP

Step 1:  Go to Start Menu > My Computer

Step 2: Click Tools at the top

Step 3: Click Folder Options

Step 4: Click the View tab

Step 5: Make sure Hide File Extensions for Known File Types is not checked

Step 6: Click Apply to All Folders

Step 7: Click Apply

Step 8: Click OK

Written by Hostwinds Team  /  December 13, 2016