File Explorer has changed in Windows 11. The ribbon is gone and replaced with a considerably more concise arrangement of buttons for managing files. There is a vault hack that can enable the Windows 1o File Explorer ribbon in Windows 11 however it may stop working when Windows 11 is carried out to the general public.
One of the options on the File Explorer ribbon in Windows 10 had a check box called ‘Hidden things’. At the point when enabled, hidden files were noticeable in File Explorer and when disabled, the files were hidden. This option is gone in the new File Explorer in Windows 11. Instead, the option has moved. Here’s how you can access it.
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- Open File Explorer.
- Click the view button on the ribbon.
- Select Show options and click Hidden things.
- Hidden things will now appear in File Explorer.
To hide them, follow steps 1-3 and uncheck/disable the option.
You can also show hidden files in Windows 11 from Folder Options. This is definitely the long way to go about it however it works.
- Open File Explorer.
- Click the more options button (three specks button).
- Select Options from the menu to open Folder Options.
- In the Folder Options window, go to the View tab.
- Search for Hidden files and folders.
- Enable the ‘Show hidden files, folders, and drives option.
- Hidden files will be shown in File Explorer.
Hidden system files
The above methods will enable showing common hidden files, for example, the AppData folder for a user however, some system files will remain hidden. This isn’t new behavior. On Windows 10, hidden system files had to be shown by enabling a different option as well. To show hidden system files, follow method 2 given above for example the Folder Options method, and uncheck the ‘Hide secured operating system files’ option.
The system files will be noticeable however, you may not have the option to access or alter them without first taking responsibility for the folder.
The new UI has eliminated a lot of text labels on buttons. You will generally see buttons now, even in the context menu. You can expand certain menus to get the more seasoned version back yet that’s about it. There are many hacks going around for restoring the Windows 10 UI in Windows 11 however they are gradually being hindered by Microsoft with each new version of Windows 11. Eventually, users should adapt to the new, button/icon-heavy UI.