What are hidden files and folders?
Files and folders that are not visible on your computer due to human interaction or importance in regards to Microsoft.
What are common hidden folders?
Microsoft Windows usually keeps data folders like ProgamData and AppData hidden.
Why does Microsoft Windows have hidden files and folders?
Most hidden folders and files are common files and important in keeping your computer productive and safe from instances like accidental deletions or intrusions.
How to hide files and folders on Microsoft Windows
- Right click a folder or file icon you wish to hide on your operating system.
- Select “Properties“
- In the General Tab (Main Tab) under “Attributes” select the radio button for “hidden” (Pictured)
- Select Apply, then select OK
If you wish to only hide the folder, the main entrance to the files, etc. inside, but keep everything inside visible then select the first option “Apply changes to this folder only”
If you wish to hide an entire folder and all files inside of it, select “Apply changes to this folder, sub folders and files”
How to access hidden files and folders on Microsoft Windows
It’s very simple.
- Access the Window’s start menu
- In the search bar type “folder options“
- Press Enter or Click the Folder Options folder in the query
- Select the “View” tab
- Under “Hidden files and folders” select the radio button which says “Show hidden files, folders, and drives“
- Click the Apply button on the bottom of the window, then click OK
All hidden files and folders on Windows are now visible. To hide files and folders again, follow the same steps but select “Don’t show hidden files, folders, or drives.”
You can tell which files and folders are supposed to be hidden due to a difference in transparency. (Pictured)