How to Show Hidden Files and Folders in Windows 11

Windows 11, by default, have hidden files and folders. If you wish, you can view them and hide them back.

Here, you’ll see three diverse ways to display hidden files and folders in Windows 11. Let’s see what they are.

Method #1

Open the File Explorer by pressing this keyboard shortcut: Windows + E.

Hit the View beside the three horizontal dots at the top. Hover your mouse over “Show.”

Click on “Hidden items,” which is beneath the “File name extensions.” A checkmark beside it means it’s enabled.

That’s all.

You can now see the hidden files and folders on your PC. Not only that, but you can also see hidden drives on your PC.

Note: If you want to hide them, follow the steps above.

Method #2

Open File Explorer Options. Navigate to the “View” tab.

Select “Show hidden files, folders, and drives.” You can find this one above “Hide empty drives.”

Click the “OK” button.

That’s it. You can now see the hidden files and folders on your computer. Not only that, but you can also see hidden drives on your computer.

How to Hide Hidden Files, Folders, and Drives

Go to the “View” tab of File Explorer Options.

Select “Don’t show hidden files, folders, or drives.” Click the “OK” button.

Method #3

Launch the Registry Editor. Before proceeding, I recommend taking a backup of the Registry.

Go to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Explorer > Advanced.

Locate Hidden in the right pane and double-click it.

Provide 1 (to show) or 2 (to hide) in the Value data field. Hit the OK button.

That’s all.

I hope this guide, “How to Show Hidden Files and Folders in Windows 11,” is helpful to you.

Thanks for reading.