Hidden files and folders in Windows 7

The function of hidden folders in Windows 7 is used to protect system documents from third-party exposure, as a result of which the OS can fail. But it will be useful for ordinary users.

Enabling the display of hidden items

Consider four simple ways to show hidden files in Windows 7. The first of them is performed through an element “Control Panel”, the second and third are directly in the Folder Browser, and the fourth is in the Total Commander program.

Method 1: Control Panel

Through the menu “Start” call an item “Control Panel”. Switch the option of displaying content on “Category”.

Display Categories in Control Panel

Now open “Design and personalization”. Closer to the end of the list is a graph “The order of the hidden …”, select her.

Showing hidden elements in Design and personalization

Scroll the list to the bottom and activate the last item, and then apply the changes.

Method 2: View Menu in Explorer

Open the title section of the Explorer (Computer). Now click on “Erase” from the toolbar. From the drop-down menu, select “Folder parameters …”. Switch to section “View”, scroll through the list to the end and enable the option “Show hidden …”. Button “Ok” will confirm your actions.

Method 3: Service Menu in Explorer

Uncover any catalog in Explorer. On the keyboard, click on Alt, this will cause an additional toolbar from above. Open the menu there “Service”, and click on the item “Folder Options”.

Folder Options on Explorer Service Menu

The same window will open as in the previous method, the instructions for setting are similar.

Method 4: Total Commander

This program is an alternative to the Windows Explorer, but with advanced features. Among its functions, you can also find the inclusion of hidden folders.Note: documents and sections with a secrecy attribute will only be visible in the program Total Commander. In the Reviewer Windows display will remain permanently turned off.Configuration Instructions:

  1. Launch Total Commander.
  2. In the toolbar, open “Configuration”.
  3. Click on the item “Setting…”.

    Configuring Total Commander

  4. Now on the left “Panel Content”.
  5. Activate option “Show hidden / system …”.

    Showing hidden and system elements in Total Commander

  6. Apply settings and close the window.

Switch to hidden catalogs

It is unreasonable to include the display of camouflaged elements if a one-time interaction with them is required. In this case, you can use the transition function. It is implemented through the dialog box “Follow out”.The easiest way to call it is by pressing Win + R at the same time. In the dialog box, you need to enter the name of the section by enclosing it on both sides in the percent signs. Consider everything with a specific example. The user needs to change the settings of one of the programs. The configuration document is stored in the folder apdata custom section. And there are two options: act according to the instructions described earlier or take advantage of the quick transition. Since now we are talking about the second option, we will resort to it. Launch the utility “Follow out”. Enter a request %appdata % (instead of appdata there may be another system directory if its name is not repeated) and click “Ok”.

apdata from Run

The desired section will immediately open.

Folder Hiding

The described function can be used, among other things, to protect personal data. To do this, you need to figure out how to hide the folder in Windows 7. The method will be relevant for single files.

Important: the transition method for manually disguised documents is not valid. Appreciation must be enabled each time.

  1. Go to the location of the desired item.
  2. Click on it PCM.
  3. From the context menu, select an item “Properties”.
  4. In the Attribute section, activate the option “Hidden”.

    Configuring stealth for a file in Windows 7

  5. Click “Apply”, and then “Ok”.


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