Search for hidden files and folders in Windows 7

How for an individual search do I tell the search process to examine hidden files and folders.

 

Question Info


Last updated February 17, 2020 Views 365,550 Applies to:
Answer
Answer
Hi,

There is only one way to do it, Select the option Show hidden files from folder options and then search for the files using the start search box.
1. Click Start.
2. Type "search" in start search box.
3. click "Change search options for files and folders".
4. Now, Click on View tab .
5. Under View,
       a)Select the radio button labeled Show hidden files, folders, and drives 
       b)Remove the checkmark from the checkbox labeled Hide extensions for known file types.
       c)Remove the checkmark from the checkbox labeled Hide protected operating system files.
6. Click on Apply and Ok.

For more information on search, click on the following link:
 http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/Advanced-tips-for-searching-in-Windows
 http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Searching-in-Windows-frequently-asked-questions
 http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Find-a-file-or-folder


Thanks and Regards:
Swati K- Microsoft Support Engineer

25 people were helped by this reply

·

Did this solve your problem?

Sorry this didn't help.

Great! Thanks for marking this as the answer.

How satisfied are you with this reply?

Thanks for your feedback, it helps us improve the site.

How satisfied are you with this response?

Thanks for your feedback.