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[Solved] Windows 10 Show Hidden Files Not Working

Updated on Nov 06, 2018 by Brithny to Resource


Are you unable to see hidden files in Windows 10? If your Windows 10 show hidden files not working, we can help. EaseUS provides two effective solutions to fix the error and recover hidden files with ease.

Hi everyone, my main problem here is that I can't see hidden folders and files. Every time I try to check the option "show hidden files and folders", it unchecks itself. I am currently using Windows 10 64 bit. Why does my Windows 10 fail to show hidden folders? How can I fix this error? Help, please! Thanks!

How to Fix "Show Hidden Files Not Working" Issue

Normally, we show hidden files by opening the Windows Control Panel and navigating to File Explorer Options and then ticking the option of Show hidden files, folders and drives. Now, this way doesn't work properly. The computer fails to show hidden files in Windows 10. What would you do if you are unable to see hidden files? 

Here, this post provides effective ways to fix the "show hidden files not working" problem. One is using the Command Prompt and the other is using data recovery software.

Solution 1. Fix "Show Hidden Files Not Working" Issue With CMD

The most powerful way that virtually works 100% to find hidden items on PC as well as external storage devices. However, it requires higher level computer skills and it may cause data loss at the same time. So you must be careful when you try this solution.

  • Open Command Prompt (CMD) as an Administrator.
  • Determine the drive on which files are hidden and you want to recover.
  • If it's drive D, then Type attrib -s -h -r /s /d *.* and hit Enter.

Solution 2. Show and Recover Hidden Files With a Free Data Recovery Tool

EaseUS's free data recovery software is easy to use and powerful in finding hidden documents, pictures and all types of files. Only notice that the free version supports file recovery within 2GB. 
In addition to the ability to find all files and folders, EaseUS recovery program can also be recover lost data such as deleted file recovery, formatted hard drive recovery, raw drive data recovery and so on.

If you can't see hidden files, follow the 100% working steps to fix the error and restore hidden files right now.

Step 1. Select the location

Open the file recovery software and find the storage partition or location. If you can't find the partition, click the refresh option.

select the location of the hidden files

Step 2. Scan the hidden files

After you have selected the location, click the "Scan" option to start the scanning process.

This process may take a little time, please be as patient as possible.

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Step 3. Show the hidden files

As long as the scanning process ends, you are able to see all of the hidden files and existing files on that partition. Select the wanted files and click the "Recover" button to show the hidden files. Select another location to save the recovered files.

If you find it hard to get the wanted files, click the "Filter" option or the "Search" option to help you.

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