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How do I view hidden files and folders in Windows?

Some troubleshooting procedures and solutions require locating hidden files and folders so you can modify them.

  1. Select the Start button and then select Control Panel (for Windows 8 and 10, type Control Panel and press Enter).
  2. Select Appearance and Personalization and then Folder Options.
  3. On the View tab, choose Show hidden files and folders.
  4. Clear the Hide extensions for known file types checkbox.
  5. Select OK.

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