Show hidden files folder and extensions in Windows 10

As we know, we have options in Windows Operating System to hide file extensions, files and folders. You can hide files or folders in Windows so that they will be hidden and will not come to know any other users knowledge immediately at first look, hence files or folder will be safe. In this guide learn how to Show hidden files folder and extensions in Windows 10.

What is meant by file extension?

A file extension (or simply “extension”) is the suffix at the end of a filename that indicates what type of file it is. For example, in the filename “myreport.txt,” the .TXT is the file extension. It indicates the file is a text document. Some other examples include .DOCX, which is used for Microsoft Word documents.

.PSD, which is the standard file extension for Photoshop documents. And when we know any file example “extensions.docx” is belongs to Microsoft Office Word and it can be opened with Office Word by double clicking on it, hence I personally don’t recommend showing extensions for files, this is up to you. However in this guide I will show you Show hidden files folder and extensions in Windows 10.

Show hidden files folder and extensions in Windows 10

To show the hidden files, folders on your computer, refer the below steps.

  1. Navigate to Control Panel. You can get there by hitting Windows + X and selecting Control Panel. You can also search for Control Panel in Windows search bar and open it.

2. Open File Explorer Options. If you don’t see the icon for it, change the control panel view (in the upper right corner) to large or small icons.

3. Navigate to the View tab.

4. Toggle “Hidden files and folders” to “Show hidden files, folders and drives”.

5. Uncheck “Hide empty drives”, “Hide extensions for known file types” and “Hide protected operating system files”.

6. Click Yes when warned about unhiding protected files.


These are very simple steps to follow and you do not need any third party software to view file extensions. Windows provides us everything which can be easily achieved and the point lies in knowing and implementing them. This is the first way to see file extensions in Windows 7/10. Remember the file or folder path before you hide, as you can you find it immediately once you unhide it. For further support, leave comments or ask more on Forum.

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Arun Prabhakar

Arun Prabhakar

Arun Prabhakar immensely interested in following Windows and other technology developments. Being passionate Windows blogger, he loves to help others on fixing their computer issues.

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