All this week we’ve been learning more about your options for controlling the view in File Explorer, the file management app for Windows 10.

On Monday, we learned about the Navigation pane. Click here to read that tip

Tuesday, we looked at your many options for choosing icons and showing details about files. Click here to read that tip

Wednesday, we checked out how to sort files and adjust columns. Click here to read that tip.

Yesterday, I showed you how to group files. Click here to read that tip.

Today, we’ll learn how show and hide files in File Explorer. Start by opening File Explorer.


Click the View tab.


At the right, you’ll find Show/Hide

Tick the box next to Item check boxes and you’ll get the option to check boxes to select files and folders.


Hover over a file to get a checkbox. This can make it easier to select multiple files.


Your next option is to decide if you want the full filename extension to show.


By default, files look like this.


Here are the same file with filename extensions added.


If you’d like to keep some files private on a shared computer or just want fewer items cluttering up your view, you can select any item and then click Hide selected items to hide it from view. The files will still be there, but they won’t display in File explorer.


To see the items you’ve Hidden, tick the box next to HIdden items.


Next week, we’re going to dive into some more advanced options for viewing your files.