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Both Windows and Mac systems hide some files from users’ sight. By doing this, it can prevent accidental file deletion or damage which may cause your operating system to crash or work abnormally.
However, if you want to unhide those hidden files, you have some ways to go. Below you can learn how to show hidden files in Windows 10, Mac, and USB drive.
3 Ways to Show Hidden Files in Windows 10 or USB Drive
Generally, you can use CMD, File Explorer, or Control Panel to make the hidden files visible in Windows 10 or USB flash drive. If you want to show hidden files in USB, please connect the USB flash drive to your Windows computer at first.
Show Hidden Files Using CMD
- You can press Windows + R, type cmd, and press Ctrl + Shift + Enter to open elevated Command Prompt in Windows 10.
- Then you can type attrib -h -r -s /s /d E:\*.* in Command Prompt, and hit Enter to show all hidden files and folder in E drive. You should replace E with the actual drive letter.
Unhide Files through File Explorer
- You can click This PC to open File Explorer on your Windows computer, and click ^ icon to show the File Explorer menu bar if you don’t see it.
- Next you can click View option at the top, and tick Hidden items. This will let you see the hidden files in your Windows 10 computer.
Use Control Panel to Show Hidden Files
- You can press Windows + R, type control panel, and hit Enter to open Control Panel windows in Windows 10.
- Next you can click Appearance and Personalization -> File Explorer Options.
- Then you can click View tab and check Show hidden files, folders, and drives Click Apply and OK to reveal hidden files.
2 Ways to Show Hidden Files on Mac
If you want to see the hidden files on Mac OS, you also have some ways to accomplish it.
Use Keyboard Shortcut
The easiest way to make hidden files on Mac visible is to use the keyboard shortcut.
You can open Finder on Mac, then press Command + Shift +. Keyboard shortcut at the same time, and it will reveal the hidden files.
If you want to hide those files again, you can press Command + Shift +. again to hide them. You can use this way to show hidden files in macOS Sierra or higher.
Use Mac Terminal
- You can open Finder and click Applications -> Utilities to open Mac Terminal. You can also open it from Launchpad.
- Next you can type the command line defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles YES, and hit Return to execute the command to show hidden files. You can type defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles NO command line to hide those files again when you want.
Recover Hidden Files with Free Data Recovery Software
Aside from using the ways above, you can also access and see the hidden files by using a professional data recovery software program that can recover any kind of file from storage devices.
MiniTool Power Data Recovery can help you easily recover any deleted or lost files (incl. hidden files) from Windows 10/8/7 PC or laptop, external hard drive, USB flash drive, SSD, SD card, and more. It’s a 100% clean and safe tool and is extremely easy-to-use even for novice users.
You can just connect the storage device to your Windows computer, and launch MiniTool Power Data Recovery. Next choose the target device and click Scan button. At last, you can check the recovery result for needed files and click Save button to store the recovered files to a new drive.
You can try the ways above to see the hidden files in Windows 10, Mac, or USB drive. As well, you can also try the data recovery software to recover files from various storage devices with ease.