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Saturday, July 18, 2009

To Show or Hide Files and Folders

How to disable or enable "Show hidden files and folders" in Folder Option

As you know, you can hide or show files or folders in Microsoft Windows ( to hide a file or folder , right click on file or folder >select properties and then select Hide file) But if you open Folder Option and check "Show hidden files and folders " you can see hidden files.

To disable "Show hidden files and folders" feature follow below
Steps :1
Click start -> Run > type: regedit (to run Windows Registry Editor)

Go to following address: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/Microsoft/Windows/Current Version/Explorer/Advanced/Folder/Hidden/SHOWALL

In the right panel double click on "CheckedValue" and change value:
- To show type number: 1
- To hide type number: 0 (To disable "Show hidden files and folders" in Folder Option)
Click ok and then exit Windows Registry Editor and restart your computer.

Now open Explorer-> Folder Options->View tab, check "Hidden files and folders" or check "Show hidden files and folders" and then close Folder Option.

Note: incorrectly editing registry may damage your system. Please create a back up first


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