by Allen Wyatt
(last updated May 8, 2017)
When you create a file in Windows, that file has certain attributes that are associated with it. Sometimes these attributes seem obvious—things like file size and file name come to mind. Other times the attributes are less obvious and more esoteric. Once such attribute controls whether the file is displayed, by default, in Explorer windows. It is called, appropriately enough, the Hidden attribute.
To change the hidden attribute, follow these steps:
Figure 1. The Properties dialog box for a file.
When a file is hidden, it is not normally visible in the Explorer window. If you want to have hidden files included in what you see, follow these steps in Windows 7:
Figure 2. The Folder Options dialog box.
With this setting made, all hidden files are displayed in all Explorer windows. If you are using Windows 8 or Windows 10 you can also follow these steps:
This tip (13078) applies to Windows 7, 8, and 10.
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