This post outlines how to make the AppData directory show up at the DOS prompt, but how do I make it show up in File Explorer (on Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit)? Is there a global setting? Also, what is the file permission under properties that makes it hidden or not? Thanks.


How do I make AppData show up in File Explorer?

  1. Menu "Tools" > "Folder options..."

  2. Click "View" tab

  3. Scroll down till you see "Hidden files and folders"

  4. Enable "Show hidden files, folders, and drives"

  5. Click "OK"

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What is the file permission under properties that makes it hidden or not?

  1. Right click AppData folder

  2. Select "Properties"

  3. Click "General" tab

  4. Enable/Disable "Hidden" as appropriate

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For Windows 10 the process is similar. Let's say you want to see the folder AppData from user, which is a common request.

You'd go to the user folder

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then in the folder top menu click in "View" (instead of being in "Home")

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and you'll see a checkbox saying "Hidden Items". Tick it and the hidden folders will appear.

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