Monday, October 10, 2011

Show/Hide Hidden Files and Folders using Windows Registry

This is an alternate method to show/hide hidden files and folders on a Windows PC. Most likely, you should use this simple method to do the same thing if you don't want to take risks modifying your registry.

IMPORTANT This article will guide to some steps to modify your Windows Registry. Stop if you're not familiar with the Windows Registry. Making a wrong change on the Windows Registry could cause critical problems to your computer.

Proceed at your own risks

  1. Open the "Registry Editor" ("Start" >> "Run", then type "regedit" and Enter).
  2. Expand to the following key:
  3. If the value "Hidden" exists, double-click on it to edit its value to (1 = show hidden, 2 = do not show)
  4. If the value "Hidden" does not exist, create it as follows
    Name: Hidden
    Type: DWORD
    Value: 1
    (1: show hidden, 2: do not show)


  1. thx wasnt able to find it in the folder options

  2. Thanks for info, but I prefer my one-click shortcut to hide/unhide files

  3. to change something in the Windows Registry is really always dangerous... know this..