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Do you really need to hide a few important files or folders from someone ? Great, for that you need to work with among the Windows function called as hidden files and folders. However, I believe the first you have to understand about the hidden files and folders in Windows.

Note: Keep in mind that none of these methods are going to efficiently hide your files or folders from well-informed users.

What are Hidden Files or Folders?

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The Hidden files are the data which stay in your computer or laptop system, but does not seem if you look for or explore. It is generally used to avoid an unapproved user to see or customize your files and to avoid from removing your essential data unintentionally.

For Mac OS X, this guide was also described in Solomen’s article: How to hide/show hidden files in Mac

How to show and hide files or folder in Windows 8.1, Windows 10

Method 1: Show hidden files or folder via the View menu

Step 1: At the Desktop interface, open This PC icon or you also type "THIS PC" at Search box >> Choose the This PC.

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Tricks: If you don't see the ThisPC icon, please check this post out: How to add ThisPC icon on Windows 10. In that guide, you also show another icons like Network, Recycle Bin, My Document, etc.

Step 2: Then, click on View tab >> Choose Show/Hide in the menu >> Check the box Hidden items.

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To hide files or folder, just uncheck the box Hidden items.

Method 2: Show the hidden files or folder via Folder Options

Step 1: Open ThisPC icon

Step 2: Click on Options via Ribbon View.

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Step 3: A new window appears, choose View tab and then check Show hidden files, folders, and dives. Then, click on OK and process to showing.

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To hide files or folder by using this method, just check Don’t show hidden files, folders, or drives >> OK.

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Now, you will be able to see all the files or folder which are hidden within that specific folder.

How to make specific hidden folder

Making the hidden files or folders is so simple, just click-right the folder which you need. Then, choose Properties.

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Check the box Hidden at General tab >> Click on OK to save.

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