How to view hidden files on Windows 8

Last updated on October 15th, 2013

In Windows 8, as in previous MS operating systems, some files are hidden to avoid their accidental modification or deletion because most of them are system files and they are important for the proper computer operation. In the case that you want to view these hidden  files for any reason, then read this guide to learn how to do that. 

How to show hidden files in Windows 8

To display hidden files in Windows 8, first close all open programs.

1. Right click on the bottom left corner and select “Control Panel.


2. Change the control panel View by: Small Icons. 


3. From the control panel items list, double click to open “Folder Options”.


4.  At “View” tab, select the “Show hidden files, folders and drives” option and press “OK


From now on you will be able to view all hidden files on your computer.


How to display the hidden System files in Windows 8

If you want to modify or view hidden System files on your Windows 8, open “Folder options” settings from your Windows control panel (as described above) and at  “View” tab“, uncheck the “Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)” option and click “OK”.


Advice: When you finish working with hidden files, then it is better to reset hidden files view settings to their defaults, to avoid accidental system modifications.

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