The Easy Way to Show Hidden Files, Folders, and Drives on Windows 10 and Windows 11

By | May 23, 2022
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The Easy Way to Show Hidden Files, Folders, and Drives on Windows 10 and Windows 11

By default, Windows hides certain files, folders, and drives. But many times, the Windows tips we write and the ones you see online assume you can “see’ hidden files, folders, and drives.

Some files and folders in Windows are automatically marked as hidden because Windows doesn’t want you messing around with them. But, leaving them hidden hinders your ability to make changes that can enhance your Windows experience. As we’ve mentioned, many tips and tricks you find online assume you can view hidden files.

For example,  if you need to access the AppData folder in your users’ directory, you’ll need to unhide hidden files, folders, and drives. And we think it’s a good idea that you be able to see all files, folders, and drives on your computer, and here’s an easy way to do it.

Windows 10

1.) Open File Explorer (Windows key + E is a great shortcut).

2.) Click on the “View” tab at the top.

3.) Tick the box next to “Hidden items”.

Cloudeight Windows 10 tips

4.) Close File Explorer.

Windows 11

1.) Open File Explorer (Windows key + E ).

2.) Click on the “View” tab at the top.

Cloudeight Windows 11 tips

3.) Tick on “Show” in the drop-down menu.

4.) Click on “Hidden items”.

5.) Close File Explorer.

That’s it! From now on, you will be able to see all your files, folders, and drives including the ones that Windows was previously hiding from you.

3 thoughts on “The Easy Way to Show Hidden Files, Folders, and Drives on Windows 10 and Windows 11

  1. JRon

    I have Windows 10 Pro and this doesn’t work on my laptops. I have found this happens on a couple of your other hints. I wonder if I caused it or Win 10 Pro caused it?

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    1. infoave Post author

      Windows 10 Pro is Windows 10 home with extra features such as remote boot and BitLocker. If the tips don’t work on your computer then you’re missing a step or there is something else going on. But this tip works on all Windows 10 computers and all Windows 11. Your simply click view “hidden files and folders” it’s not complicated.

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