Display hidden files and folders or search for files using Windows
Display hidden files and folders
On your Desktop or System Tray, click the folder icon to open File Explorer.
Click the View tab and select Hidden Items.
Windows 8.1/ 8
On your keyboard press Windows+E to open File Explorer.
Click the View tab and select File extensions and Hidden items.
Windows 7 and Vista
Right click the Windows Logo and select Open Windows Explorer.
Click Organise and choose Folder and Search Options.
Click the View tab and select Show hidden files and folders and click to clear Hide protected system operating files.
Click Yes on the warning message.
Click Apply and OK.
Search for files in Windows
Windows 10, 8.1, 8 or 7
On your keyboard, press Windows+E to open the Windows Explorer.
Press Ctrl+F to select the Search Box.
If you don't remember the entire file name, try entering part of the file name.
If you only know the file extension, substitute an asterisk for the file name and include the extension. For example, enter *.qbw to search for QuickBooks data files or *.doc to search for Microsoft Word documents.
Your search results will display.
Note: The same file name might appear in multiple directories or folders. The same file name might also appear multiple times with different file extensions.
Right click the Windows Logo and select Search.
Click the drop-down arrow at the right of Advanced Search.
In the Location field, select Computer.
Select Include non-indexed, hidden, and system files (might be slow)
Enter the name of the file for which you are searching in the Name field.
Your search results will display in the bottom section of the window. To determine the directory path of a specific file, right-click the file and select Properties.