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How to view hidden files in Windows 8

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How to view hidden files in Windows 8: In Windows 8 a lot has changed since previous versions of the operating system. The Start Screen has replaced the Start menu, the classic Desktop applications have been joined by the so-called Modern Apps that also work on tablets, and the Explorer (now renamed File Explorer) has also been modernized.

Now it comes with an Office-style tabbed interface that makes many functions much more accessible, including that related to viewing hidden files. Did you know that? For view hidden files Windows 8 you no longer need to go into the system menus, just tick a simple option in the File Explorer and you’re done. If you don’t believe it, try it yourself following the instructions I’m about to give you.

If you want to find out how to view hidden files Windows 8, go to the environment Desktop the operating system (by clicking on the appropriate Start Screen box) and open File Explorer by clicking on the folder icon in the system tray.

At this point, go to the folder where there are hidden files you want to view and select the card View of File Explorer (top right). Put the check mark next to the entry Hidden elements and you should be able to immediately view both hidden files and folders. You can recognize them immediately, they are those with semi-transparent icons.

If you cannot see the entry in the toolbar of the file explorer Hidden elements, try to maximize the window or click on the button Show / Hide: you will find the option within the menu that opens. After completing the work on hidden files and folders, you can restore the default settings of Windows and hide both items again by removing the check from the item Hidden elements. Very easy, right?


Another way to view hidden files Windows 8 (can also be used on previous versions of Windows) is to open theFile Explorer, go to the card View of the latter, click on the button Options and select the item Change folder and search options from the menu that appears.

In the window that opens, you must then click on the tab viewing, put the check mark next to the entry View hidden folders, files and drives and click on the button OK to save the settings.

From the same window, you can also activate the display of the system files (by removing the tick from the option Hide protected system files) but it is an operation that I do not recommend you to do, unless you know very well what you are doing and which files you can modify without undermining the stability of the system.