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This chapter is from the book

Hiding Files and Folders

If you want to hide files and folders for added privacy purposes, you can do it by setting two separate options: one to set the option to hide specific files and folders, and the other to set a general folder option to show or hide files and folders. If you set the option to hide specific files and folders and the Show hidden files and folders option is set, the hidden files and folders appear transparent. If the general option is set to Do not show hidden files and folders, the hidden files and folders are actually hidden. The only way to view them again is to set the general option to Show hidden files and folders again. Anyone can show hidden files and folders, so it shouldn’t be used for security purposes.

Show or Hide Hidden Files and Folders

  • one.jpg Right-click the file or folder you want to hide or unhide, and then click Properties.
  • two.jpg Select or clear the Hidden check box.
  • three.jpg Click OK.

    The files or folders appear transparent or hidden.

Show or Hide Hidden Files and Folders

  • one.jpg In an Explorer window, click the Organize button on the toolbar, and then click Folder and search options.
  • two.jpg Click the View tab.
  • three.jpg Click the Do not show hidden files and folders or Show hidden files and folders option.
  • four.jpg To set the current view to all folders, click Apply to Folders.
  • five.jpg Click OK.
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