How to enable the display of hidden files?
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By default, Windows hides important system files so that the user does not delete them by mistake. However, sometimes it is necessary to look at them, and in our article we will tell you what should be done in this case.
To enable the display of hidden files in Windows XP, you will need to open the Control Panel. You can find it through the Start menu. In the Control Panel, locate the folder’s icon and double-click it. In the pop-up dialog box, you will need the "View" tab. Find the item “Hidden files and folders” in the list of options, check the option “Show hidden files and folders”, and then click “OK”.
To see the hidden files and folders in Windows Vista, you will also need to open the Control Panel, but in it you should look for another section - “Appearance and personal settings”. It will be already familiar item "Folder Options." When the eponymous window appears, open the “Show” tab and in the “Advanced Settings” list, select the “Show hidden files and folders” checkbox. Click “OK” to apply changes.
In Windows 7, the order of actions and option names are almost the same as in Windows Vista. In the Control Panel, go to the “Design and Personalization” section, select “Folder Options”, open the “View” tab in the pop-up dialog box and check the “Show hidden files, folders and drives” option in the “Advanced settings” list. Do not forget to click "OK" to apply the changes.
In Windows 8, looking at invisible files is a bit easier. You do not need to enter the "Control Panel" - just open the "Explorer" on any folder. In the top menu bar, select "View." When the panel with a set of options opens, find the item "Hidden elements" on it and put a tick. Nothing more is needed.
Finally, we note that not only system files can be hidden. If you wish, you can independently hide the folder or file to hide them from prying eyes.
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