How to Find the Hidden Files in Windows

Hiding files in your own personal computer makes no sense at all. However, if you are using a public/shared system, you may hide files and folders in order to prevent others from seeing them. But unfortunately, it is not a tough task to find the hidden files in Windows.

On the other hand, you may have to find the hidden files to delete them. Sometimes, a few files and folders are hidden by default, still occupying plenty of space on the hard disk. So, it is imperative that you find out all the hidden files, and get rid of the unimportant ones.

Naughty kids these days deliberately hide some files, which they don’t want their parents to see. So, it is very important for the elders to keep a regular check on the hidden files.


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    First of all, turn on your computer, and reach the desktop. It is important to close all the unnecessary programs to let the system work properly. Click on the Start’ Menu, and enter the ‘Control Panel’

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    There may be plenty of options in the ‘Control Panel’, but you just need to look for ‘Appearance and Personalization’.

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    Now, you will witness another long list of options. Click ‘Folder Options’.

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    As you click on the ‘Folder Options’, another separate window will appear, holding three different options. Select the ‘View’ tab, lying right in the middle of three.

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    Right under the heading of Advanced Settings, check the box that says ‘Show Hidden Files and Folders’.

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    Click OK, and this will make all the hidden files visible. You will notice that the hidden files and folders have a crystal appearance, slightly lighter in colour than the normal folders.

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    If you want to change the folder’s attributes, right-click and select ‘Properties’. Uncheck the box that says ‘Hidden’, and click OK. Now, the folder will stay visible, even if someone selects the ‘Don’t Show Hidden Files and Folders’ from the folder options.

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    One can also search one particular hidden file. Open ‘My Computer’, and click Search at the top of address bar. Select ‘All files and folders’ and check the ‘Search hidden files and folders’ box before clicking the search button. You will see all hidden files in the search results.

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