In order to prevent users from modifying certain files and folders, particularly those critical to the operating system, by default, Windows hides them from view. You can however, display them by using the native setting In File Explorer named Show hidden files, folders, and drives. What It lacks, Is the option to be selective with Individual files/folders. As such, In this tutorial, I will show you how to hide or show any hidden file & folder of your choice.
Before I begin, here's what I'm referring to. Navigate to File Explorer > View (tab) > Options > View, and the Folder Options window will be displayed. You can then choose whether to hide or show hidden files, folders, and drives as highlighted In the Image below.
The Issue here Is, you cannot choose Individually- the lot are either hidden, or they're active. If you only want to hide certain files of your choice, I will demonstrate how to do this, by adding a Hide selected Items option to the right-click context menu. Essentially, you'll right-click a file (or folder), select the option and It will be hidden. It's as simple as that. You can do the very same to show It again.
To do this, I will use a neat little Registry file, that will automatically add the Hide selected Items option to the right-click of the mouse. All that's required on your part, Is to double-click the file, follow a couple of prompts and the job's done. I have provided the download link to the Registry file, at the end of this article. So without further delay, let's get this tutorial started.
Step One:Once you've downloaded the file, extract It's contents to a folder of your choice, then double-click the Add Hide Selected.reg file. It will prompt whether to add the entries to the Windows Registry, so hit Yes.
Step Two:A message will be returned, confirming that the entries have been successfully added to the Registry. Hit OK to finalize the process.
Step Three:Next, navigate to File Explorer > View (tab) > Options > View, and select the option as Illustrated below and click OK.
Step Four:I've now right-clicked a file, and as you can see, the Hide selected Items option has been applied. I'll simply click It to hide my file.
Step Five:The file's opacity has been reduced, which signifies that It has been applied as a hidden file as seen below.
Step Six:Now let's put this to the test. Go back to Step Three above, and this time select the Don't show hidden files, folders. or drives option and click OK. Here's my hidden file In the Windows 10 Tips folder. It appears as though It's there, doesn't It?
Step Seven:Upon opening my Windows 10 Tips folder, my file Is completely hidden and out of view. If I want to show It again, I'll simply right-click my Windows 10 Tips folder and select the Hide selected Items option.
Step Eight:A cool feature that this tweak entails, Is that If you right-click a folder containing one or more files or folders, you can apply the change to the folder only, or the whole lot.
Last Step:To prevent other users from using the Hide selected Items option and viewing your hidden files, simply double-click the Remove Hide Selected.reg file, and click Yes. This will remove It from the right-click menu.
Final Thoughts:There are no hard and fast rules on how you wish to use the Hide selected Items option, but rather based on personal preference and your computing environment. In terms of applying the tweak, the good thing about It, Is that It automatically adds the entries to the Windows Registry without the need for user Input, hence not susceptible to corruption.
Use any of the links below to download the aforementioned Registry files.
Direct Link Mega:
Direct Link AnonFiles:
Direct Link Mediafire:
Direct Link Solidfiles:
Direct Link Sabercathost:
Direct Link Uploadfiles: