In Windows 10, as in other operating systems, hidden folders in most cases are important system directories that are hidden by developers in order to preserve their integrity as a result of incorrect user actions, for example, accidental deletion. Also in Windows it is customary to hide temporary files and directories, the display of which does not carry any functional load and only annoys users. There are also folders and files that are hidden by the users themselves from outside eyes for various reasons. Next, we will talk about how you can hide folders and files in Windows 10.

How to hide files and folders on Windows 10

There are several ways to hide directories: using special programs or using standard Windows tools. Each of these methods has its own advantages. A clear advantage of special programs is its ease of use and the ability to set additional parameters for hidden folders, for example, setting a password for a folder.

Method 1: Hide folders using standard system tools.

  1. Open "File Explorer" and find the directory you want to hide.
  2. Right-click on the folder and select Properties.
  3. In the "Attributes" section, check the box next to "Hidden" and click OK.
  4. In the "Confirm Attributes Changes" window, click on the checkbox next to "Apply changes to this folder, sub-folders and files". Confirm your actions by clicking "OK".

Method 2: Hide folders using the command line.

  1. Open "Command line". To do this, hold down the "Win + R" keys and enter the "cmd" command in the field.
  2. In the window that opens, enter the command
    ATTRIB +h [path to the folder]
  3. Press the Enter button.
Done. Now your files and folders will be hidden from the eyes of other users.