On Windows operating or any operating system for that matter, not every Files and folder are accessible and this is done to prevent accidental deletion of important files. But not every time Microsoft wants to prevent you from accessing Folder and Files. Parents also often block certain folders and files so that it stays far from getting into their children hand.

Fortunately, you have multiple ways to perform in order to get your hands on those hidden files and folders. You can do so just by a few clicks on the File Explorer and you can also go in-depth with Command Prompt and PowerShell which will give you a more detailed look on those files, the downside here is that all you have is just in text format.

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By the end of this tutorial, you will be an expert on how to perform those tasks in order to access hidden files and folders.

Using File Explorer

  1. Open File Explorer.
  2. Click on the View tab.
  3. Check the Hidden items option.

or, you want to explore hidden operating system files

  1. Open File Explorer.
  2. Click on the View tab.
  3. Click on the Options button.
  4. Click on the View tab.
  5. Under the “Advanced settings” section, you have an option called – Show hidden, folders, or drives. Click on this radio button.
  6. Uncheck the Hide protected operating system files box.
  7. Click on Apply.
  8. Click OK.

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Using Command Prompt

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for Command Prompt, right-click the top result, and select Run as administrator.
  3. Type the following command and press Enter:
    dir /adh

You can also use the following commands followed by dir

  • /a for hidden folders.
  • /a:d for all hidden directories.
  • /a:h for all hidden files.

Using PowerShell

  1. Search for PowerShell on Windows Search
  2. Click on Run as administrator.

Type the following command to view all the hidden files and folders for the location and press Enter:

dir -Force

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