How to Show or Show Hidden Files from my Windows 7/8/10 PC (Example)

Even on our computers it can happen; that we hide files, for security or by mistake. Being in this state we do not have them with the naked eye, but we will surely need them at some point. If you don’t remember how make these hidden files appear or show on your PC with Windows 7/8/10, we want to help you. You will find them very easily.

The same can occur on other operating systems. We can have hidden files on Mac or Linux, but you can always show hidden files on your Mac with a context menu, or show hidden files on the Linux terminal. Today you will learn how to display them in Windows.

Show hidden files in Windows 7

For this operating system we went to the start button to find the option «Control Panel». Once we have this area open we look at where it says «Appearance and customization» and click a couple of times on it.

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Now we will have a dialog box in front where we will select «Folder Options», we double click on it. The PC will give us multiple options to modify the folders.

The one that interests us is the option «Show hidden files and foldersyou» and click it. Once this is done, we accept and that’s it! When looking for the document we will see how its icon will be visible and we can open it either to read it, modify it or send it to anyone else.

control panel to show hidden files in Windows 7

Apply this option in Windows 8 and 10

If we have the Windows 8 version, we first choose the «Desktop» option. For Windows 10 we press the «Start» button. We look and mark the area of ​​the «Control Panel» and look for «Appearance and Personalization». Now we choose «Folder Options» and click on the «Options» icon located on the right side of the tab.

A folder options dialog box opens and we click on the «View» tab. We select «Show hidden files, folders and drives» and we could override the option to «Hide file selections for known file types».

In this way we make sure to visualize any hidden document. With this done, we can only accept it so that our files appear where they are located.

Hide the files for anyone to review them

What we must do is repeat the previous steps, but this time we will check the option, «Do not show hidden files, folders or drives.»In such a way that when accepting, the folder or the file will be hidden.

However, it will be possible access these files if its name is typed in the file browsing window. It should be noted that this functionality can be modified whenever we want.

Hide the files for anyone to review them

It is also to be remembered that for hide a document for the first time, we stand on it and right-click to display a tab. There we look for «Properties» and at the bottom we will have the choice «Hidden». We only mark on the box we give «Apply» and then we accept.

In this way the file will no longer be visible. When we visualize it, it will appear in a transparency type icon to remind us that it is in «Hidden» condition.

It’s that simple to make hidden files appear or show on our PC with Windows 7/8/10. Our memory will no longer be able to make us go through a bad moment by not remembering what we did with a document. Too we will be able to keep those important files secure and available only for us.

The hidden files topic doesn’t end here. Well, it is also good to know how to show files hidden by viruses in Windows, to be prevented from such attacks. And for our daily life, it is advisable to know a little about searching and finding all the hidden or lost photos on my PC.

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