Hidden files are usually hidden for good reason - they're often very important files and being hidden makes them harder to change or delete. But what if you want to see those hidden files?
There are many good reasons you might want to show hidden files and folders in your searches and folder views but most of the time it's because you're dealing with a Windows problem and you need access to one of these important files to edit or delete.
Luckily it's really easy show hidden files and folders in Windows.
The specific steps involved in configuring Windows to show hidden files depends on which operating system you happen to be using:
- How To Show Hidden Files and Folders in Windows 7
- How To Show Hidden Files and Folders in Windows Vista
- How To Show Hidden Files and Folders in Windows XP
Note: If you no longer want Windows to show hidden files or folders, you can hide them again by returning the appropriate setting back the way you found it. See How To Hide Hidden Files and Folders in Windows for more information.