How to Find Hidden Word Document/Hidden Text/Images

Tracy King updated on Jul 02, 2019 to File Recovery | How-to Articles


This article tells how to find a hidden Word document on Windows PC or storage devices. If you can’t see or view any hidden text messages or images/pictures in Word document, you can also find answers here. Read on to see how can you find, view and even restore hidden Word document, text or pictures in Word on your own. (Word 2016/2013/2010/2007 are all supported.)

Can you find hidden Word document

When a Word document gets hidden on your Windows PC, do you know how to unhide it? 
Or do you know how to find a hidden Word document in a hard drive, an external hard drive or a USB flash drive? 
According to Google’s searching results, many people are having a problem with unhiding a Word document in Windows 10/8/7. And when it comes to viewing a hidden text line or an invisible picture in a Word document, things are becoming more complex. 
If you’re wondering about how to solve these problems in Windows 10/8/7 PCs or on external storage devices such as external hard drive/USB flash drive, you can refer to the following solutions.

How to Find Hidden Word Document in Windows 10/8/7 or Storage Devices
Content Not Displayed in Word? How to Find Hidden Text in Word
How to View and Find Hidden Images/Pictures in Word Document

Solutions here on this page can be applied to fix the matter for most Word users. If you are using an even older version of Word on your computer and finding these solutions don’t work for you, please refer to more online solutions in Google or turn to Microsoft support team for help.

Part 1: How to Find Hidden Word Document in Windows 10/8/7 or Storage Devices

In this part, we’ll provide you with two reliable methods for finding hidden Word document in Windows computer or external storage devices. Let’s see how to do it now:

Method 1. Show the hidden Word document

When you set files to hide in your PC or storage devices, the straightforward way is to unhide files with simple clicks.

For Windows 10/8/8.1 users:

Step 1: Type 'file explorer' in the Search box and select File Explorer.

Show hidden word document in Windows 10/8.

Step 2: Select View > Options > Change folder and search options.

Change settings for finding hidden word document.

Step 3: In Folder Options, select Show hidden files, folders, and drives under Hidden files and folders.

Step 4: And uncheck Hide extensions for known file types.

Make hidden Word document show up.

Step 5: Choose Apply to save all changes.

For Windows 7 users:

Step 1: Bring up Windows Explorer by clicking Start > Computer.

Step 2: Click Tools > Folder Options > View.

Step 3: Under View tab, select Show hidden files, folders, and drives below Hidden Files and Folders.

Step 4: Uncheck Hidden extensions for known file types. 

Step 5: Click Apply to save all changes.

Show hidden Word document in Windows 7.

By doing so, you see all file extensions, and it will help you quickly locate the hidden Word document. 

Method 2. Find and restore hidden word document

If you prefer to find a more effective and easier way to unhide the Word documents, professional file recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free should be your best choice.

This file recovery freeware allows you to fully scan computer or storage devices, finding all existing, lost and even hidden files with two scanning modes - Quick Scan and Deep Scan in simple steps. You can just download and install it on your PC, the follow the guidelines below to restore your hidden Word document:

  • If the hidden files are on an external device, connect it to your computer first.
  • Save the recovered files to another place or location to avoid data overwriting.

STEP 1. Choose the Location.

Open EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, and select the location. For example, if your hidden files are on D drive, just click the D drive.

select the wanted location

STEP 2. Scan the Hidden Files.

Click the "Scan" button and the software will start to scan your drive. All you have to do is wait until the process ends.

scan to find hidden files

STEP 3. Recover the Hidden Files.

After the scan, all of the results will be on the left panel. If you want to find the hidden files quickly, click the "Filter" button and select the file type or location. You can also search the file type or name to find the hidden files.

Then select the hidden files and click the "Recover" button to get the hidden files back.

recover the hidden files right away

Part 2: How to Find Hidden Text in Word Document

If you’ve hidden some text lines in a Word document, or some content was set to hide in Word, is it possible to show the hidden text content? How? You’ll find two options for showing hidden text in Word 2016/2013/2010/2007. (If you are using an older version of Word, please find more solutions from Microsoft Office support team or Google.)

Method 1: Show hidden text in Word 2016

Temp Fix. Unhide text from Print settings:

Step 1: Open the Word document in Word 2016 in which you have hidden text.

Step 2: Go to Print settings and select Page Setup. 

Make hidden text show up in Word.

Step 3: Go to Paper settings, click Print Options...

Find hidden text in Word.

Step 4: In Display, check Print hidden text and click OK to save changes.

Make text show up in Word.

By doing so, those hidden texts will only show up in Print preview window. But still hidden in Word document. 

Eternal Fix. Show hidden text in Word 2016:

To show all hidden text in Word 2016, please follow below tips:

Step 1: Press Ctrl + A to select all content in Word document.

Step 2: Right-click on content and select Font...

Make text show up in word document.

Step 3: Click the Hidden box twice, uncheck it and click OK to save changes. 

Unhide Word text content.

Now you can see all hidden content displaying in your Word document again.

Word hidden text showing up.

Method 2: Display hidden text in Word 2013/2010/2007

Step 1: Click File > Options in Word 2013/2010.

Step 2: Click Office button > Click Word Options in Word 2007.

Step 3: Click Display at the left pane.

Step 4: Check and uncheck Hidden text box, leaving it empty.

Step 5: Click OK to save all changes. 

Dispaly hidden text in Word.

By doing so, you’ll be able to see all content in your Word document again.

Part 3: How to find hidden images/pictures in the word document

When you can’t see a picture or image in a Word document, you can try the tips below to find hidden pictures or images:

Step 1: Click Office > Word Options in Word 2007. (Click File > Options in Word 2016/2013/2010.)

Step 2: Click Advanced on the left pane, check Show picture placeholders under Show document content. 

Show and find hidden images in Word document.

Then you should be able to see your hidden images or pictures in Word document again.


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