Just like previous versions of Windows, Windows 8 allows users and administrators to hide classified files that are to be prevented from unauthorized access. Although hiding the files does not ensure their security, they can still be prevented from showing their existence and presence on the computer. This means that files would not be shown to the users if they are hidden, but they can still be accessed in case users know their paths and the exact filenames.
Users and administrators can unhide the files permanently by enabling Windows 8 to show the hidden files, and then by going to the target file’s properties and unchecking the Hidden attribute. After doing so, users and administrators can again configure Windows 8 not to show the hidden files, which automatically hides the hidden files, and only the files whose Hidden attributes are not enabled remain visible.
Hiding the files, unhiding them, or allowing Windows 8 to show hidden files is a user specific task which means that even non-administrator users can configure the computer to do so. However the effect of this task is only reflected to the user profile on which it is configured, and other user accounts remain unaffected.
How to View Hidden Files and Folders in Windows 8
In order to view hidden files and folders in Windows 8, step-by-step instructions given below should be followed:
- Log on to Windows 8 computer with the administrator or standard user account on which hidden files and folders are to be viewed.
- Click Desktop tile from the Start screen to go to the desktop.
- Once on the desktop screen, click File Explorer icon from the taskbar.
- On the opened Libraries window, click View from the menu bar at the top.
- From the displayed icons in the ribbon, click Options.
- From the opened Folder Options box, go to View tab.
- One selected, from the Advanced settings list, click to select Show hidden files, folders, and drives radio button under Hidden files and folders category.
- Once done, click OK to save the modified settings, and to view the hidden files and folders.