How to Show Hidden Files

After leaving your PC in the improvised hands of a friend, did you discover that Windows can no longer see the hidden files and folders you saved on the hard drive? And now who's going to tell your computer savvy brother, who had enabled the option at your request and recommended not to mess up?

Let's do like this. Since I feel good today, I'll explain how to show hidden files on all major versions of Windows, so you can fix the problem yourself and not let your brother know anything about what happened. Don't worry, even if you are new to the computer world it will take two minutes to fix the situation.

How do you say? You don't use a Windows PC but a Mac? No problem: on the Windows side, if you need it, it will be my pleasure to show you how to do the same on macOS and Ubuntu. Also I'll tell you how to do the same thing on Android based mobile devices too (on iOS you can't do any of this). Are you ready? Yup? Great. So let's not waste any more time and immediately start getting to work. I wish you, as usual, happy reading and I wish you a big good luck for everything.

Show Hidden Files on Windows

You want to find out how to show hidden files and are you using a PC with Windows installed? Then follow the instructions on what to do that you find right below. In the following lines, in fact, you will find explained how to perform the operation in question on Windows 10 and 8 / 8.x and the older ones Windows 7, Vista e XP. I anticipate immediately that, contrary to what you might think, it is a rather simple operation to carry out, you have my word.

Windows 10

You have a PC with it installed Windows 10 and would you like to understand how to show hidden files? If so, open theFile Explorerby clicking on the icon gialla poster located at the bottom left of the taskbar, and select the tab View, Located at the top of the window that opens on the desktop.

Then click on the button Show / hide always placed at the top and select the option Hidden elements from the menu that opens. Once this is done, all hidden files and folders on your computer will be visible. You can easily distinguish hidden files from others as their icons are semi-transparent.

In addition to what I have just indicated, you can enable the display of hidden files by putting into practice another procedure: click on the button Fillet located in the upper left part of the window File Explorer, select the voice Change folder and search options from the menu that opens, select the tab viewing in the window you see appear on the screen and check the option View hidden folders, files and drives. Next, click on the buttons Apply e OK to apply and confirm the changes.

If you have second thoughts, you can disable the display of hidden files and folders at any time by opening theFile Explorer, as I indicated a few lines above, by selecting the tab View, then the button Show / Hide and unchecking the box next to the item Hidden elements on the menu if you press.

For completeness of information, I also point out that by clicking on the button Fillet, selecting the item Show folder and search options and selecting the tab viewing you can find the option Hide protected system files which, if unchecked, also allows you to view protected system files. However, I suggest you leave it active, as modifying protected system files could lead to serious Windows malfunctions!

Windows 8.x / 7 / Vista

If you have a computer with su installed Windows 8.x, Windows 7 o Windows Vista, in order to enable the display of hidden items on your computer you must proceed as follows. First, open any folder on your computer and, in the window that appears on the desktop, click on the button Organize which is located at the top left, then select the item Folder and search options give the menu to compare.

In the window that is now shown to you, go to the tab viewing, metti il ​​segno di spunta accanto alla voce View hidden folders, files and drives and click on the button first Apply e poi quello OK, to save the changes and enable the display of hidden files on your Windows. Done! You will be able to distinguish hidden files from others as their icons will turn out to be semi-transparent.

Should you have second thoughts, you can always disable the display of hidden elements by clicking on the button Organize attached to any window visible after opening a folder by selecting the option Folder and search options from the menu that appears on the desktop, by selecting the tab viewing, removing the check from the item View hidden folders, files and drives and pressing the buttons ApplyOK.

Even in the case of Windows 8.x, 7 and Vista, I would like to point out that by accessing the tab viewing you can find the option Hide protected system files which, if unchecked, also allows you to view protected system files, which I strongly advise you to avoid as editing protected system files can cause serious Windows malfunctions.

Windows XP

You still use the now very old Windows XP? In this case, to view hidden files you must open any folder on the PC and, in the window that appears on the desktop, select the item Folder options from the menu Means.

In the further window that is shown to you, go to the tab viewing, metti il ​​segno di spunta accanto alla voce View hidden files and folders and click on the button first Apply e poi quello OK, to save the changes and enable viewing of hidden files on your Windows. Hidden files can be easily distinguished from all others because their icons are semi-transparent.

If you want, you can hide files and folders again in Windows XP by accessing the menu Means attached to the window of any folder by selecting the item Folder options, by accessing the tab viewing in the additional window that opens and unchecking the option View hidden files and folders. Finally, click on the buttons Apply e OK, to save the changes made.

Keep in mind that even on Windows XP it is possible to activate the display of protected system files, by removing the check from the item Hide protected system files in the tab viewing. However, I advise you not to change this setting as, as already specified in the previous lines, changing Windows files can cause serious malfunctions of the OS.

Show Hidden Files on MacOS

Stai using a Poppy and then you would like to understand how to show hidden files on MacOS? No problem, I'll explain it to you right away. All you have to do is open the Finder (the smiling face icon in the Dock bar) and press the key combination cmd + shift +. (punto). If you have second thoughts, you can turn off the display of hidden files using the same combination.

As an alternative to the combination above, you can enable the viewing of hidden files on Mac by issuing special commands from terminal, the application present on Apple brand computers that allows you to interact with the system via a command line interface.

To proceed, first call up the Terminal by clicking on its icon (the one with the nether finest in the riga di codice) found in the folder Other . Launchpad. Alternatively, you can also access it by going to the folder Applications> Utilities, through Spotlight or, anchor, process Siri.

Once the Terminal window appears on your desktop, enter the command defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE to activate the display of hidden files and press the button Submit on the keyboard. After that, restart the Finder to make the changes just made take effect immediately (without having to restart the computer), by entering the command killall Finder and pressing the button Submit on the keyboard.

At this point you should finally be able to see all the hidden items on your Mac. You will be able to easily recognize the hidden files and folders as they are marked with semi-transparent icons. And in case of second thoughts? How do I hide files and folders again? I'll explain right away, it's child's play.

All you have to do is call the Terminal again, as seen together earlier, and type the command defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles FALSE followed by pressing the key Submit. Then proceed to restart the Finder, in order to make the changes immediately effective by issuing the command killall Finder always followed by pressing the key Submit on the keyboard.

Show Hidden Files on Ubuntu

Also on Ubuntu you can show hidden files. To do this, just start the File Manager distro (the drawer located in the left sidebar) and select the item Pref Renze annessa to the menu Modification located at the top.

In the window that opens, select the tab Dresses, check the box next to the wording Show hidden and backup files and it's done. From now on, all hidden and backup files will be visible on your computer. It was easy, wasn't it?

When and if you want, you can turn off the display of hidden items again by opening the File Manager, as seen together earlier, by going to the menu Edit> Preferences, selecting the scheda Dresses from the window that opens and removing the check mark from the option Show hidden and backup files.

Show Hidden Files on Android

As I told you at the beginning of the guide, it is possible to enable the display of hidden files even on devices Android. To do this, just take advantage of one of the many file managers available on the square and activate the option in question from its settings.

Among the various apps used to manage files on Android, I suggest you rely on Google files, which is free, is distributed by Google (as can be understood from the name itself), very widespread and widely appreciated. To download it to your device, connect to the relevant section of the Play Store e pigia sui pulsnti Install e Accept.

Once the installation procedure is complete, start the app by tapping the button apri appeared on the Play Store screen, grant to Google i permits to access the contents on the device, tap the button with the three lines horizontally at the top left and choose the item Settings from the menu that opens. In the new screen that appears, bring up ON the switch next to the wording Show hidden files.

At this point, the display of hidden files is enabled and you can, therefore, access them by returning to the main screen of the app, by tapping on the item Shop by Department at the bottom and selecting the reference position from the section Categories or from that Storage devices.

When you deem it appropriate, you can disable the display of hidden files by calling up the side menu again by tapping the button with the three lines horizontally at the top left, by selecting the item Settings from the menu that opens and bringing up OFF l'interruttore Show hidden files.