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Windows command to find hidden folders and files in a directory
August 23, 2016
In order to get a list of hidden files or folders in a directory, you can use this command:
dir /a:h >hiddenlist.txt
In this example we begin with a folder with these apparent contents:
Simply go to a particular folder on a drive, hold SHIFT + CTRL right click and select, 'Open command window here' .
Type in the command and press ENTER.
You'll see a text file is generated which lists a folder and a file at the root which were actually hidden.
Of course in Windows Explorer you can change a setting so hidden folders and files are always shown by going to Tools . . . Folder Options . . . View tab and checking off 'Show hidden folders, files and drives.', but when performing data collection it's good to be able to focus on things a user may have hidden.