Show Hidden Files and Folders in Windows 8

Edited by Lukward Thomason, Amanda, Jen M

Hi, you're watching VisiHow. This is a tutorial on how to show hidden files and folders on Windows 8 computers. For the sake of the tutorial, we have specifically hidden two files. One of them is a text file, and the second one is a folder. To make them visible, we will need to go to the Control Panel. There are several ways to access it, but one of these is to go to the start menu.

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  1. 1
    Click the lower-left corner of the screen
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    If the Control Panel is on the start menu, click on it
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    For this demonstration, ours is among the apps on the left-hand side, in a medium-blue box labeled "Control Panel". If it is not in this menu, click the downward-pointing arrow in the lower-left corner of the screen.
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    Scroll to the right and find the Control Panel icon
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    Click it and the Control Panel will open. Here, we're looking for "Appearance and Personalization".
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    Click "Appearance and Personalization"
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    Click "Folder Options"
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    The "Folder Options" menu will open.
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    Click "View"
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    It is the center tab.
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    In this tab, click the white circle next to "Show hidden files, folders, and drives"
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    It is a sub-option under the heading "Hidden files and folders".
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    Click "Apply" or "OK"
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    We're going to click "OK".
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    Look at our desktop
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    Two files are now visible. One of them is a folder, and the other one is a text file. They appear transparent, which means that they are hidden. Let's make them visible again.
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    Right-click on either file
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    We will right-click on the folder.
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    Click "Properties" at the bottom of the pop-up menu
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    Click "Hidden" to remove the check mark from the adjacent box
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    Click "OK" or "Apply"
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    Look at the folder on our desktop
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    It is no longer transparent. We will do the same with the text file.
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    Right-click the text file
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    Click "Properties"
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    Click to remove the check mark next to "Hidden"
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    Click "OK"
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    This concludes our tutorial on how to show hidden files and folders on Windows 8 computers
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    Thank you for watching VisiHow. If you have any other comments or questions, please leave them in the comments section below.
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Recent edits by: Amanda, Lukward Thomason

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