How to Hide Files and Folders in Windows 10

Windows is the most popular operation system since November 1985 its first release. Nowadays, Windows has almost 1.5 billion active monthly users and the numbers are continuously growing. Windows 10 is the most popular version of Windows right now. It features a bunch of cool new features, such as Cortana, Microsoft Office, Store, etc. However, Windows 10 Home Edition still doesn’t have the support of Hiding files and folders. In this tutorial, I will show you how to hide files and folders in Windows 10.

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Hide files and folders by using attributes

Most users use Windows to store and view their files such as Videos, Audio, Photos, Documents, and other personal files. And, sometimes it becomes essential to hide our private files from other users. The easiest way to hide files and folders is using the attributes feature. Generally, there are two types of attributes that can be applied to files and folders: Read-Only and Hidden. In this case, we will use the Hidden attribute. So, without making it complicated, let’s dive into this tutorial step by step:

Step 1: Open “This PC” on your computer

Step 2: Open a folder and select a file that you want to hide from other users

Step 3: Once selected, right-click on a file

Step 4: From the menu, click on properties

Step 5: Go to attributes from the General section

Step 6: There should be two options available: Read-only & hidden. Tick ✅ hidden and click apply.

If everything is ok, your file should be hidden now. Apply the same method to hide your folders: Choose a folder then right-click on the folder then click on properties and set the attribute to hidden. You must have a question, how can we see all the hidden files & folders on our computer? worry not, we’ll know every important thing that we should know.

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How to show hidden files in Windows

If you are using Windows 10 OS, it is so easy to show hidden files. Generally, there are two ways to show hidden files in Windows 10 and we know both of them (In explained)

First, we’ll know how to show hidden files directly from Windows 10 file manager

Step 1: Open “This PC” again

Step 2: Click on “view” from the top-left corner

Step 3: Tick ✅  on the “Hidden items” option from the right menu

Here we are. You can see your all hidden folders and files with a faded icon.

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Show hidden files directly through the control panel

Step 1: Open Control Panel (huh!)

Step 2: Search “File Explorer Options” and open it

Step 3: Click “View” from top

Step 4: Under the hidden files & folder, choose “hidden files, folder, and drives-ON“.

Step 5: Click Apply & Ok and you’re done now.

That’s it for now. You can use this tutorial to easily hide your files and folders without using any third-party tool or software. If you’re facing any issues regarding this tutorial, let us know in the comment box. We’re available 24*7 there.

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