How to Unhide AppData


One way that Microsoft keeps your computer running smoothly is by hiding things from you so you don't screw them up. Modern versions of Windows ensure that you can't see certain system files and folders and accidentally destroy them. If you can't find a file, you can't delete it or change it in a way that could cause computer problems. If you can't see your AppData folder in File Explorer, unhide the folder.

  • Press "Windows-X" and click "Control Panel" to open the Control Panel.

  • Type "Folder Options" in the Control Panel's search box and click the "Folder Options" icon when you see it.

  • Click "View" and put a check mark in the "Show Hidden Files, Folders, and Drives" check box. Click "OK" to save your changes and unhide the AppData folder.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you'd like to hide your hidden folders after making them visible, return to the Folder Options dialog box, click "View" and put a check mark in the "Don't Show Hidden Files, Folders or Drives" check box.
  • It doesn't matter if you hide or unhide hidden folders; your applications will still work.

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