How to show hidden files on Windows 11?

by Krish Karthik
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In this guide, we are going to tell you how to show hidden files on Windows 11. The previous month Microsoft released its new operating system – Windows 11. Compared to Windows 10, Windows 11 has a more refined appearance and new features. Also, the latest version of Windows 11 brings a whole new file explorer.

If you’ve used Windows 10 before, you might know that File Explorer has the option to hide/show files. You can easily hide or show files in the View menu in Windows 10. However, because Windows 11 has a new file explorer, the option to show hidden files and folders has been changed.

It’s not that the option to show hidden files and folders doesn’t exist on Windows 11, but it’s not the same anymore. So if you are unable to find the hidden files and folders option in Windows 11 then you are reading the right article.

Steps to show hidden files on Windows 11

In this article, we are going to share a step-by-step guide on how to view hidden files and folders in Windows 11. The process is going to be very simple; follow some of the simple steps given below.

Step 1

First, open File Explorer on your Windows 11 PC.

Step 2

In File Explorer, click on the three dots as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 3

From the drop-down menu, click Options.

Step 4

In the folder options, click the View tab.

Step 5

Scroll down and activate the option “ Show hidden files, folders, and drives”. This will show all hidden files and folders.

Step 6

Next, find and uncheck the “Hide protected operating system files” option.

Step 7

When done, click on the Ok button.

Step 8

If you want to disable hidden files and folders, uncheck the ” Show hidden files, folders, and drives” option in steps 5 and 6.

That’s it! You have finished. This is how you can view hidden files and folders. To turn off hidden files and folders, undo the changes you made.

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