Unable To View Files In A Folder – Windows 7

Even though you have permission to view a file in a folder on Windows 7 and the folder isn’t hidden, you may find that you can’t view the file. To fix this:

  1. Click Start
  2. Click on the Run button (or just type in the search box)
  3. Type cmd (you may have to type command if you are typing in the search box)
  4. In the command prompt, type cd C:\Foldername -r -a -s -h (where foldername is the name of the folder containing the hidden files)
  5. Type attrib folder -r -a -s -h (where folder is the name a folder or file that you can’t view but you know to exist – if you don’t know the name of a folder see below step 6)
  6. If this was a file, you will now be able to see it, if this was a folder you will now be able to view the contents

If you don’t know the name of a hidden folder within the folder, you can apply the above steps to the visible folder, repeat but with a + r instead of a -r, then right click the folder and deselect the Read-only tickbox and click Apply -> Apply to subfolders. This will probably fail, but the error message gives you the subfolder name :mrgreen:

❗ Alternatively (and preferably), you can navigate to the folder containing the files you can’t view and type cd then keep pressing the Tab key (instead of enter) to iterate through the files and folders in that directory.


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