How to show hidden files in Windows 8

Most of you know that, by default, all Windows versions hide certain type of files.  Sometimes it can get you in trouble when you need to access system or configuration files such as .CFG or .INI and Windows hide them.  There is a way to tell Windows not to hide any files, why would we ?

Today, we will explain and detail you, step by step how to show hidden files in Windows 8.

What you need (this tutorial work for both below operating systems)

– Windows 8


– Windows 8.1

How to do it

1. Boot you computer and after logged in, click on ‘Desktop’ metro button if you aren’t already to your Desktop.

Show Desktop Metro button

2. Right-Click on bottom left corner (to reach extended menu items) and select ‘Control Panel’.  If you know other way to reach ‘Control Panel’ you can get to it the way you like.

Control Panel Menu Item Win 8

3. In ‘Control Panel’ settings, select ‘Folder Options’.

Control Panel Folder Options

4. In ‘Folder Options’ screen, select ‘view’ table.

Folder Options View Table

5. Scroll down and select the following option : ‘Show hidden files, folders, and drives’.  You must also un-check the following 4 options :

Un-Check the following :

– Hide empty drives in the Computer folder

– Hide extensions for known files types

– Hide folder merge conflicts

– Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)

Folder Options Hidden Files Settings6. Do not forget to click on ‘apply’ button, otherwise your settings won’t be saved and therefore won’t be effective.

Apply Button

7. You might notice some files you didn’t know about such as ‘Desktop.ini’ on your desktop.  In-fact, desktop.ini is a file that keep your custom design such as icon colors, custom icons the way to customize your Windows experience.

desktop.ini file

If you delete such file, it will simply re-creates it as soon as you customize something.


Windows always try to force us to use their operating system the way they want, but sometimes some features are just too annoying. This is the case here and I consider this tutorial a must.  I personally do it on any computer I touch.

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