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

View Hidden Items and File Name Extensions

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 such as hidden files and file extensions in Windows 10.

Windows 10 does not show hidden files and file extensions by default. 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.

Enable Hidden Folders and File Extensions

This post will tell you two different methods to show, enable or view hidden items and file name extensions in Windows 10.

If you are using Windows 7 then, follow steps in the article link given below:

[Read: How to Show Hidden Folders and Files in Windows 7?]

Follow the steps given below in your Windows 10:

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 the File Explorer opens, go to View Menu and check the boxes of File name extensions and Hidden items.

This will do immediate effect on your Windows and you will able to see hidden files, folders and their file extensions.

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Method 2

Step 1. Open Windows File Explorer Options or settings.

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, follow below steps:

  • Go to View tab
  • Select the radio button of Show hidden files, folders, or drives to show hidden files
  • Also, Uncheck the box of Hide extensions for known file type to see file type

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All right, once you are done with any one of the above methods. You are able to see hidden items like hidden files, folders or file name extensions on your Windows computer.

Disable Hidden Folders and File Name Extensions

If you want to hide them again, just need to go back to Method 2, Step 2 and click on Restore Defaults button to the right bottom in order to make settings to default.

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