How to Make Windows Show All Files & Folders

By Ryan Casima

The Show Hidden Files and Folders function in Windows will reveal all of the hidden files and operating system files in the folder that you are browsing. The files are hidden so that an inexperienced user will not be able to inadvertently delete them. Files can also be hidden by an user to keep certain files private, or at least inaccessible for inexperienced users as revealing the hidden files and folders option is a very simple task.

Access the folder in which you want to show all the files and folders.

Click on the "Tools" drop-down menu in the toolbar near the top of the window.

Select "Folder Options." Within the folder options, click on the "View" tab.

Put a check in the box next to "Show Hidden Files and Folders."

Click "OK."