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How to access hidden files on Windows 11

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Windows 11 has a new UI, a new Start Menu, and various other changes in design. These upcoming major update wraps Windows in a whole new avatar to help you accomplish your tasks more creatively. In many ways, it works similar to Windows 10.

Just identical to the previous versions Windows 11 also handles hidden files and folders with special file flags. We will guide you in this article to locate hidden files.

In contrast to the identical hidden file feature, File Explorer has been updated in Windows 11. The ribbon is gone and it is replaced with a much more precise set of buttons for managing files.

Hidden system files

Previous versions of Windows i.e. Windows 10 had the ‘Hidden items’ checkbox in the File Explorer ribbon. The hidden files in the system can be navigated by enabling or disabling this option. However, users are not able to access or alter them without first taking ownership of the folder.

This feature has been updated in the new File Explorer in Windows 11. However, hidden system files such as the AppData folder for a user and some system files will remain concealed. Here’s how you can access the hidden system files on Windows 11:

1. The File Explorer option
2. The Folder option
3. The ‘Show protected operating system files’ option.

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Access hidden files on Windows 11 – File Explorer

One of the methods to locate hidden files on Windows 11 is from File Explorer.

1. Open File Explorer.

2. Select the View button in the toolbar.

3. Click Show options in the dropdown then go to the Hidden items button.

The hidden items will become visible in File Explorer.

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Note: If you want to hide them again later, use the View button in File Explorer to open the Show option again, disable “hidden files, folders, or drives.”

Access hidden files in Windows 11 – Folder option

This is the extended way to go about it but it helps.

1. Open File Explorer.

2. Click the more options button or three dots button on the toolbar.

3. Select Options from the menu that appears it will open the Folder Options window.

4. Click the View tab in the Folder Options window.

5. Search for the “Hidden files and folders” option in the Advanced settings list.

6. Enable the ‘Show hidden files, folders, and drives’ option. Click OK at the bottom.

The hidden items will become visible in File Explorer and on the desktop in a slightly translucent appearance.

If you want to hide them again later, use Options in File Explorer to open Folder Options again, select View, go to “Don’t show hidden files, folders, or drives,” and click OK.

Access hidden files on Windows 11 – Show protected operating system files option

In Windows, operating system files are kept hidden by default and protected to ensure the proper functioning of the operating system. If you want to reveal operating system hidden files, follow these steps:

1. Open File Explorer.

2. Click the more options button or three dots button on the toolbar.

3. Select Options from the menu that appears it will open the Folder Options window.

4. Click the View tab in the Folder Options window.

5. Scroll down in the Advanced Settings list and uncheck “Hide protected operating system files.”

6. After you click the checkbox, subsequently a new prompt will appear that notifies you about the dangers of revealing protected operating system files. If you are willing to take the risks, click Yes.

7. Press Ok to proceed.

The hidden, protected operating system files will appear translucent on your desktop and in File Explorer.

Conclusion

When you are done with your task, it is recommended to hide your protected operating system files again. To do that, open Folder Options as instructed above, click the View tab, then enable the checkbox beside “Hide protected operating system files” and click OK to proceed.

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