How Can You Access Hidden Folders on a PC?


Quick Answer

To access hidden folder on a PC, disable the option that makes the folders hidden via the Control Panel, and open them normally. Do this in Windows 8 and Windows 10 by accessing the Folder Options dialog box via the ribbon interface of Windows Explorer.

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In Windows 7, click on the Start button, open the Control Panel, select the Category option in the View By section, and click on the Appearance and Personalization link. Alternatively, type “folder options” in the search field. Click on Folder Options, open the View tab, navigate to the Hidden Files and Folders section, select the Show Hidden Files, Folders, and Drives option, and click OK. After this, folders that were previously hidden should appear as transparent, allowing you to access them normally.

In Windows 8 and Windows 10, access Windows Explorer by opening any folder, press the Alt key if the menu bar doesn’t show up, click on View, and click on the Options button. Repeat the same process by opening the View tab in the Folders Option dialog box and choose the option to display hidden folders. If the folder you want to access contains system files, remove the check from the box next to the Hide Protected Operating System Files option. After completing the necessary tasks, enable this setting again to prevent accidental loss or corruption of system files.

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