How to View Hidden Items & File Name Extensions in Windows 10?

This article is especially for Windows 10 users to view hidden items and file name extensions. You may notice that you cannot see Hidden Items (files) & File Extensions in Windows 10. By default, Windows 10 does not show hidden files & file extensions. The reason behind, there are some important system files in which Microsoft does not want you to delete them by mistaken or accidentally. Also, sometimes you do not want some files or folders to be seen by others, so you keep them hidden by going there settings.

Hidden Items & File Name Extensions

This post will tell you that how you can view Hidden items & File Name Extensions in Windows 10Follow the steps given below:

Method 1

Step 1. Open “File Explorer”. To open this, right-click on start menu and select File Explorer or press keyboard combination “Win + E“.

Step 2. Once File Explorer opens, go to “View” Menu and check the boxes of “File name extensions & Hidden items”. This will do immediate effect on your Windows computer and you will able to see hidden files, folders & file extensions.

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Method 2

Step 1. Open “File Explorer Options”. To open this, Press Win + R to open Run dialog box. Once opens, type control folders and hit Enter button or click OK.

Step 2. In this File Explorer Options box, go to “View” Tab and select the radio button of “Show hidden files, folders, or drives” to show hidden files and uncheck the box of “Hide extensions for known file type” to see file type. See below image:

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All right, once you are done with any one of the above methods. You are able to see hidden items (files), folders & file extensions on your Windows computer. If you want to hide them again, just need to go back to the same place and click on “Restore Defaults” button in order to make settings to default.

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