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Toggle Hidden Items Context Menu in Windows 10

You can add the Hidden Items command to the context menu to toggle the visibility of hidden files in File Explorer. The command will be available in a folder's context menu and in the context menu of the folder background (the white area). Here is how you can do this.

Hidden Items Context Menu In ActionThe Hidden Items command can be added to a folder's context menu in File Explorer with a simple Registry tweak. Once you apply the tweak, you won't need to use the Ribbon or the Folder Options dialog to hide or show files. Instead, you can toggle the visibility of hidden files directly from the context menu.

To add Toggle Hidden Items Context Menu in Windows 10, do the following.

Apply the Registry tweak listed below. Paste its contents inside Notepad and save as a *.reg file.

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Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell\Windows.ShowHiddenFiles]
"CommandStateSync"=""
"Description"="@shell32.dll,-37573"
"ExplorerCommandHandler"="{f7300245-1f4b-41ba-8948-6fd392064494}"
"MUIVerb"="@shell32.dll,-37572"


[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shell\Windows.ShowHiddenFiles]
"CommandStateSync"=""
"Description"="@shell32.dll,-37573"
"ExplorerCommandHandler"="{f7300245-1f4b-41ba-8948-6fd392064494}"
"MUIVerb"="@shell32.dll,-37572"

Notepad Hidden Items Tweak ContentsIn Notepad, press Ctrl + S or execute the File - Save item in the File menu. This will open the Save dialog. There, type or copy-paste the name "hidden files.reg" including quotes. Double quotes are important to ensure that the file will get the "*.reg" extension and not *.reg.txt. You can save the file to any desired location, for example, you can put it in your Desktop folder.Notepad Hidden Items Save As Reg

Double click the file you created, confirm the import operation and you are done!Hidden Items Import Tweak 1 Hidden Items Import Tweak 2

Now, you can right-click in the empty white space in any folder and select Hidden Files to toggle their visibility.Hidden Items In Folder Context MenuToggle Hidden Items Context Menu In Windows 10

To understand how this tweak works, refer to my previous article where I explained how to add any Ribbon command to the Context menu in Windows 10. See

How to add any Ribbon command to the right click menu in Windows 10

In short, all the Ribbon commands are stored under this Registry key

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CommandStore\shell

You can export the desired command and modify the exported *.Reg in order to add it to the context menu of files, folders, or any other object visible in File Explorer.

To save your time, I made ready-to-use Registry files. You can download them here:

Download Registry Files

Alternatively, you can use Context Menu Tuner. It will allow you to add any Ribbon command to the context menu.

Context Menu Tuner Add Hidden ItemsSelect "Hidden Items" in the list of available commands, select "Folder" on the right side and click the "Add" button. See the screenshot above. You can get the app here:

Download Context Menu Tuner

You can also add the useful Hide Selected Items command to the context menu in Windows 10.

That's it.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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