How to show hidden files in Windows 11

Step-by-step instructions

Windows 11 users may hide files for various purposes, such as keeping confidential files secret or reducing clutter in folders. To view hidden files:

  1. Click the folder icon in the Task Bar to open File Explorer. You can also open any folder or type the Windows key shortcut (Win+E) to open File Explorer.
  2. Click View in the ribbon, then select Show → Hidden items.
  3. Windows will now show hidden files.
If you no longer want to show hidden files, select View → Show, then uncheck Hidden items.