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Solved: How do I unhide, show, display, or view hidden items (files, folders, and drives) in Windows 11?

Problem Symptom

Certain files, folders, or drives in Windows 11 are hidden by default to prevent you from deleting them accidentally. This article shows you the steps to unhide these hidden items in Windows File Explorer.

Solved: How do I unhide, show, display, or view hidden items (files, folders, and drives) in Windows 11?

What are hidden items in Windows 11?

Windows 11 supports hidden files across the system to hide files that you don’t want to be visible when browsing through folders, which mostly offers one-click controls to show and hide hidden content.

Solution: How to unhide files or the content of folders in Windows File Explorer

Step 1: Open a folder and File Explorer is open or open the File Explorer from the taskbar.

Step 2: Click on the View in the Menu bar.

Step 3: Select the Show > Hidden items.

Step 4: All hidden files and folders will become visible.

Note: Repeat the same steps as above to deselect the Hidden items option in order to hide the hidden files and folders again.


Alex Lim is a certified IT Technical Support Architect with over 15 years of experience in designing, implementing, and troubleshooting complex IT systems and networks. He has worked for leading IT companies, such as Microsoft, IBM, and Cisco, providing technical support and solutions to clients across various industries and sectors. Alex has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the National University of Singapore and a master’s degree in information security from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also the author of several best-selling books on IT technical support, such as The IT Technical Support Handbook and Troubleshooting IT Systems and Networks. Alex lives in Bandar, Johore, Malaysia with his wife and two chilrdren. You can reach him at [email protected] or follow him on Website | Twitter | Facebook

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