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    Set or Unset Hidden Attribute of Files and Folders in Windows 10


    How to: Set or Unset Hidden Attribute of Files and Folders in Windows 10

    How to Set or Unset Hidden Attribute of Files and Folders in Windows 10

    Set or Unset Hidden Attribute of Files and Folders in Windows 10 [​IMG]
    Information In Windows, you can set or clear the hidden attribute for files and folders to hide or unhide them.

    Hidden files and folders do not show by default in Windows.

    If you have Windows set to show hidden files, folders, and drives, hidden items will be faded (dimmed) in File Explorer to indicate that they are hidden.

    If you have Windows set to don't show hidden files, folders, or drives, hidden items will not be seen in File Explorer.

    This tutorial will show you different ways on how to set or unset the hidden attribute to hide or unhide files and folders in Windows 10.


    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: To Hide Files and Folders using File Explorer Ribbon
    • Option Two: To Unhide Files and Folders using File Explorer Ribbon
    • Option Three: To Hide Files and Folders from Properties
    • Option Four: To Unhide Files and Folders from Properties
    • Option Five: To Hide File using Command Prompt
    • Option Six: To Unhide File using Command Prompt
    • Option Seven: To Hide Folder Only using Command Prompt
    • Option Eight: To Unhide Folder Only using Command Prompt
    • Option Nine: To Hide Folder, Subfolders and Files using Command Prompt
    • Option Ten: To Unhide Folder, Subfolders and Files using Command Prompt




    OPTION ONE [/i] To Hide Files and Folders using File Explorer Ribbon
    1. Open File Explorer (Win+E).

    2. Click/tap on the View tab, select one or more unhidden files and/or folders you want to hide, and click/tap on the Hide selected items button in the ribbon. (see screenshot below)

    Set or Unset Hidden Attribute of Files and Folders in Windows 10 [​IMG]

    3. If you selected a folder, select (dot) to either Apply changes to this folder only or Apply changes to this folder, subfolders and files for what you want, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

    Set or Unset Hidden Attribute of Files and Folders in Windows 10 [​IMG]





    OPTION TWO [/i] To Unhide Files and Folders using File Explorer Ribbon

    Set or Unset Hidden Attribute of Files and Folders in Windows 10 [​IMG]
    Note You will need to have Windows set to show hidden files, folders, and drives to be able to see hidden items as faded (dimmed) in File Explorer to make it easy to select them to unhide.


    1. Open File Explorer (Win+E).

    2. Click/tap on the View tab, select one or more hidden files and/or folders you want to unhide, and click/tap on the highlighted Hide selected items button in the ribbon. (see screenshot below)

    Set or Unset Hidden Attribute of Files and Folders in Windows 10 [​IMG]

    3. If you selected a folder, select (dot) to either Apply changes to this folder only or Apply changes to this folder, subfolders and files for what you want, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

    Set or Unset Hidden Attribute of Files and Folders in Windows 10 [​IMG]





    OPTION THREE [/i] To Hide Files and Folders from Properties
    1. Open File Explorer (Win+E).

    2. Select one or more unhidden files and/or folders you want to hide, right click or press and hold on the selected items, and click/tap on Properties. (see screenshot below)

    Set or Unset Hidden Attribute of Files and Folders in Windows 10 [​IMG]

    3. In the General tab, check the Hidden box in the bottom Attributes section, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshots below)

    Set or Unset Hidden Attribute of Files and Folders in Windows 10 [​IMG]

    4. If you selected a folder, select (dot) to either Apply changes to this folder only or Apply changes to this folder, subfolders and files for what you want, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

    Set or Unset Hidden Attribute of Files and Folders in Windows 10 [​IMG]





    OPTION FOUR [/i] To Unhide Files and Folders from Properties
    1. Open File Explorer (Win+E).

    2. Select one or more hidden files and/or folders you want to unhide, right click or press and hold on the selected items, and click/tap on Properties. (see screenshot below)

    Set or Unset Hidden Attribute of Files and Folders in Windows 10 [​IMG]

    3. In the General tab, uncheck the Hidden box in the bottom Attributes section, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshots below)
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    Set or Unset Hidden Attribute of Files and Folders in Windows 10 [​IMG]

    4. If you selected a folder, select (dot) to either Apply changes to this folder only or Apply changes to this folder, subfolders and files for what you want, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

    Set or Unset Hidden Attribute of Files and Folders in Windows 10 [​IMG]





    OPTION FIVE [/i] To Hide File using Command Prompt
    1. Open a elevated command prompt based based on the access permissions you have for the file.

    2. Type the command below into the command prompt, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)
    *Arrow attrib +h "full path of file with extension"


    Set or Unset Hidden Attribute of Files and Folders in Windows 10 [​IMG]
    Note Substitute full path of file with extension in the command above with the actual full path of the unhidden file you want to hide.

    For example: attrib +h "C:\Users\Brink\Desktop\Folder\File1.txt"



    Set or Unset Hidden Attribute of Files and Folders in Windows 10 [​IMG]





    OPTION SIX [/i] To Unhide File using Command Prompt
    1. Open a elevated command prompt based based on the access permissions you have for the file.

    2. Type the command below into the command prompt, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)
    *Arrow attrib -s -h "full path of file with extension"


    Set or Unset Hidden Attribute of Files and Folders in Windows 10 [​IMG]
    Note Substitute full path of file with extension in the command above with the actual full path of the hidden file you want to unhide.

    For example: attrib -s -h "C:\Users\Brink\Desktop\Folder\File1.txt"



    Set or Unset Hidden Attribute of Files and Folders in Windows 10 [​IMG]





    OPTION SEVEN [/i] To Hide Folder Only using Command Prompt
    1. Open a elevated command prompt based based on the access permissions you have for the folder.

    2. Type the command below into the command prompt, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)
    *Arrow attrib +h "full path of folder"


    Set or Unset Hidden Attribute of Files and Folders in Windows 10 [​IMG]
    Note Substitute full path of folder in the command above with the actual full path of the unhidden folder you want to hide.

    For example: attrib +h "C:\Users\Brink\Desktop\Folder"



    Set or Unset Hidden Attribute of Files and Folders in Windows 10 [​IMG]





    OPTION EIGHT [/i] To Unhide Folder Only using Command Prompt
    1. Open a elevated command prompt based based on the access permissions you have for the folder.

    2. Type the command below into the command prompt, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)
    *Arrow attrib -s -h "full path of folder"


    Set or Unset Hidden Attribute of Files and Folders in Windows 10 [​IMG]
    Note Substitute full path of folder in the command above with the actual full path of the hidden folder you want to unhide.

    For example: attrib -s -h "C:\Users\Brink\Desktop\Folder"



    Set or Unset Hidden Attribute of Files and Folders in Windows 10 [​IMG]





    OPTION NINE [/i] To Hide Folder, Subfolders and Files using Command Prompt
    1. Open a elevated command prompt based based on the access permissions you have for the folder.

    2. Type the command below into the command prompt, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)
    *Arrow attrib +h "full path of folder\*" /s /d


    Set or Unset Hidden Attribute of Files and Folders in Windows 10 [​IMG]
    Note Substitute full path of folder in the command above with the actual full path of the unhidden folder you want to hide along with all of its contents.

    For example: attrib +h "C:\Users\Brink\Desktop\Folder\*" /s /d



    Set or Unset Hidden Attribute of Files and Folders in Windows 10 [​IMG]





    OPTION TEN [/i] To Unhide Folder, Subfolders and Files using Command Prompt
    1. Open a elevated command prompt based based on the access permissions you have for the folder.

    2. Type the command below into the command prompt, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)
    *Arrow attrib -s -h "full path of folder\*" /s /d


    Set or Unset Hidden Attribute of Files and Folders in Windows 10 [​IMG]
    Note Substitute full path of folder in the command above with the actual full path of the hidden folder you want to unhide along with all of its contents.

    For example: attrib -s -h "C:\Users\Brink\Desktop\Folder\*" /s /d



    Set or Unset Hidden Attribute of Files and Folders in Windows 10 [​IMG]


    That's it,
    Shawn


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    :)
     
    Brink, Jan 30, 2017
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  2. davidhk Win User

    lock a folder

    To : Ben

    Not exactly what you are asking, just something for you to consider...……….

    *Arrow Set or Unset Hidden Attribute of Files and Folders in Windows 10 | Windows 10 Tutorials

    How to hide files and folders using File Explorer
    • Open File Explorer.
    • Navigate to the file or folder you want to hide.
    • Right-click the item and click on Properties.
    • On the General tab, under Attributes, check the Hidden option.
    • Click Apply.
     
    davidhk, Oct 26, 2019
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  3. Win 10 Folder/file Read Only attribute is not able to be unset

    Why am I not able to unset this attribute in the properties section of the file?
     
    MichaelHelms1, Oct 26, 2019
    #3
  4. Set or Unset Hidden Attribute of Files and Folders in Windows 10

    Shawn Brink, Oct 26, 2019
    #4
  5. dalchina Win User
    Restore hidden file attributes

    You could try unsetting and setting the defaults for these, but I'd guess you'll still have some not as default:

    Set or Unset Hidden Attribute of Files and Folders in Windows 10 [​IMG]
     
    dalchina, Oct 26, 2019
    #5
  6. Change file attribute to 'unhide'

    Hello Walt,

    Thank you for posting your concern in Microsoft Community and welcome to the Windows 10 Family.

    I suggest you to follow the below steps to change the attribute of any file/folder to unhide.

    Step A: Show Hidden files

    1. Open Windows Explorer(win logo key+E) or My computer.

    2. Now click on View on top of the window.
    3. Untick ‘Hidden items’ in the options.

    Step B: Change file attribute

    1. Once the hidden file is located, right click on the file/folder you want to change the attribute for.

    2. Go to ‘properties’, untick the box facing hidden.

    3. Now, Click on ‘apply’ and then ‘ok’.

    Hope it helps.

    Thank You.
     
    Sayan_Ghosh, Oct 26, 2019
    #6
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