Tuesday, February 19, 2013 3:26 PMWhen I view my C: drive, there are dozens of files with alpha-numeric names, like 003b583534eba6ea0b. Is there any way to hide them from view? I don't know what they are and so would never mess with them. I'd prefer they were "hidden" so the list isn't so long.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 3:52 PMIf you right click the folder and select "Properties", you should be able to apply the "Hidden" attribute at the bottom of the "General" tab. However if you have the option on to "View Hidden Folders" then they will just appear as translucent folders.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 4:03 PM
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I didn't see an option for "Hidden" attributes in Properties, just options to compress the disk space and to allow files to be indexed. I did forget to mention that I'm running Win 7 (64x). Sorry...
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 4:18 PM
Eacjh of the long, alpha-numeric files has the option to be hidden, so can I hilight some of them and "hide" them? Is there any problem doing that, I mean does it interfere with the system operating normally? Is there a way to reverse it and show them again, if they're hidden? I mean, I won't be able to see them to right click for Properties.
- Edited by Windows 7 x64 Losing Space after Updates Tuesday, February 19, 2013 4:25 PM
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 4:57 PM
There will be no interference to the OS if you hide them, it is only for your viewing pleasure. If you want to unhde them later, all you need to do is turn on the option to see Hidden Files and Folders, unhide the ones you want and then turn the option back off again.
Did you find the Hidden attribute checkbox? It is not on the Advanced area, it is on the main General properties tab.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 5:54 PM
Thanks, that worked. But now I don't know how to reverse it, if I want to. All those files are now hidden and the C: properties doesn't have a Hidden box to uncheck...
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 6:55 PM
In Windows Explorer, go to Tools->Folder Options. Then to the View tab. Scroll down until you see the options for Hidden Files and Folders and select "Show hidden files, folders and drives" and press OK. Reverse this to rehide.
- Marked As Answer by Windows 7 x64 Losing Space after Updates Tuesday, February 19, 2013 7:40 PM
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 7:40 PMThat's perfect! Many thanks...
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 2:47 PM
I know that this has been answered...however...
Are these file names or directories. I only ask because many times Windows (and other) updates create directories by similar names to what you mention and they are only supposed to be temporary. I find myself removing these all the time when doing manual disk clean ups for others.
Unfortunately many of these will give you an error when you try to delete them - and then they just won't go away!
I find I have to take ownership and then give myself full control permissions in order to finally trash them. This is all done via the Security Tab. If you don't have a security tab (as depicted in the image Kamin of Ressik shows) you need to turn off simple file sharing.
If you would like more details feel free to PM me.
Hope this helps!
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 8:51 PMThey are folders. but it looked like they were empty. I did successfully hide them from view, which is what I was after. I got tired of scrolling several pages to get to the Program Files folder.