How to access hidden folders

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  • Operating System: All

Windows 10:

To make the AppData folder visible, do the following:

Step 1: Folder Options

Open This PC, click View and select Options.

Step 2: Show the hidden files and folders in the View settings.

In the Folder Options window, choose View, select Show hidden files, folders, and drives, and then click OK.

 

Windows 8:

To make the AppData folder visible, do the following:

  1. Via Settings, open the Control Panel.
  2. Select the 'Folder Options' (Appearance & Personalization tab).
  3. Show the 'View' tab.
  4. Check 'Show hidden files, folders, and drives'.

Windows Vista and Windows 7:

To make the AppData folder visible, do the following:

  1. Launch the Windows Explorer.
  2. Click on 'Organize' → 'Folder and Search Options' → 'View'.
  3. Check 'Show hidden files and folders'.

Windows XP:

To make the Application Data folder visible, do the following:

  1. Launch Explorer.
  2. Select Tools/Folder Options/View.
  3. Check “Show hidden files and folders.”

 

Mac OS X 10.7 - 10.12:

To make 'Macintosh HD:/Users/[username]/Library' visible:

  1. Open Finder
  2. Click "Go" on the menu bar
  3. Press and hold the “option/alt” key
  4. Then click the "Library" shortcut which appears

 

To access the top level of the Macintosh HD:

  1. Open Finder
  2. Click "Finder" on the menu bar, then "Preferences"
  3. Go to the "Sidebar" tab
  4. Check "Hard disks" in the "Devices" section.
  5. The "Macintosh HD" shortcut will now appear on the sidebar in finder