How to Show Hidden Files and Folders in Windows 7 & Windows 10
How to Show Hidden Files and Folders in Windows 7 & Windows 10

Have you ever been looking for a file or folder on your Windows computer and, for the life of you, you just can’t find it? This is a common occurrence, because Windows hides many critical files and folders by default. Microsoft takes these steps to protect users from themselves, preventing the uninitiated and uninformed from deleting vital system files and bricking their machine.

The good news is it’s easy to configure Windows to show hidden files and folders in both Widows 7 and Windows 10.

Showing Hidden Files and Folders in Windows 10

  1. Open File Explorer
  2. Click the ‘View’ tab
  3. In the ‘Show/Hide’ section, check the ‘Hidden Items’ checkbox.

You will now be able to see all the hidden files and folders on your computer.

Showing Hidden Files and Folders in Windows 7

Windows 7 makes it a little more difficult to show hidden files and folders.

Folder Options in Windows 7
  1. Open File Explorer
  2. Press Alt+T to bring up the Tools menu
  3. Click Folder Options
  4. Click the ‘View’ tab
  5. Select the radio button for “Show hidden files, folders and drives”
  6. Click OK

Now you can view hidden files on both Windows 10 and Windows 7. This is particularly useful when looking for Outlook pst files which are usually hidden in the appdata folder.