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How To Access Hidden Files (View & Open) – Windows 10

by Hassan Naqvi
How To Access Hidden Files

eIn this article, I am going to tell you how you can access hidden files and see their content on your Windows 10 device.

A hidden file is defined as a file that has hidden characteristics turned on. These types of files can stay hidden or you can easily unhide them at ant time.

In Windows 10 all of the hidden files are invisible, this means that you can not see them by default.

In Windows 10 there are many important Microsoft and Windows related files that are hidden because Microsoft doesn’t want users to accidentally delete them or modify them or even moving them from there designated folder can corrupt your PC in seconds.

If something like this happens there is very little chance that you can recover your personal or important data from the PC. To protect you from this hassle and tension Microsoft decided that these files should be hidden and a normal user can not access these files.

However, If you want to access these files then you can follow the given method to access hidden files on your Windows 10 device.

How To Access Hidden Files (View & Open) In Windows 10

Solution: Use Control Panel

  • Click on the Start button.
  • Select Control Panel.
  • Select Appearance and Personalization.

How To Access Hidden Files

  • Click on File Explorer Options.

How To Access Hidden Files

  • Select the View tab in the File Explorer Options window.
  • In the Advanced settings, section look for the Hidden files and folders category.
  • There are two options: Don’t show hidden files, folders, or drives or, Show hidden files, folders, and drives.

How To Access Hidden Files

“Don’t show hidden files, folders, or drives” option is selected by default. This means that all of the hidden files are safe and secure from the reach of any amateur user.

If you select “Show hidden files, folders, and drives” then you can access all of the hidden files.

Once you have selected “Show hidden files, folders, and drives” Click OK to save your settings. Now look for the “Program Data folder” to test if you are seeing the hidden file. If you can see the Program Data folder then you are seeing all f the hidden files.

You can also use File Search Tools like Copernic and others. These types of tools are readily available on the internet for free and some are paid. Always remember to download software from a reliable source.

Hope so this tutorial was helpful, We are grateful for the trust you have placed in us.

Regards: Team Windows Boy

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