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Windows 7: Show hidden files --> Files now missing


05 Jun 2013   #1

Windows 7 Home x64
 
 
Show hidden files --> Files now missing

Hello friends,

I am in a bit of a bind. I simply clicked the "show hidden files" option on my C:/Users folder. Inside of 20 seconds, my libraries are all rearranged and none of my files are where I put them originally. They have seemingly vanished.

I downloaded ShadowExplorer and thankfully confirmed that I can still open my files when I refer back to an earlier restore point within the program, but when I go to restore the files, they don't go back to where I send them. I don't know where my files are, nor how to access them outside of this ShadowExplorer program.

I did try a regular 'ol Windows system restore, but those don't affect files, so the problem remains. Anyone have any idea what the hell I did and how I might go about fixing it?

Thank you immensely for your consideration.


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06 Jun 2013   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Snapdragon, and welcome to Seven Forums.

If you have not already, see if checking the "don't show hidden files" option will revert them back to how you had them before.

Double check the libraries to make sure that the folders you had included in them are still included.

In addition, see if setting each library to View -> "Sort by -> Name", "Group by -> (None)", and "Arrange by -> Folder" may reveal them.
File and Folder Arrangement - Group by - Sort by - Arrange by
Hope this helps for now,
Shawn
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06 Jun 2013   #3

Windows 7 Home x64
 
 

Ah ha! It would seem that all of my files are now hidden, and clicking "show hidden files" in my Libraries reveals them. Now, how I managed to hide ALL MY FILES when I had intended to just see hidden ones is really quite beyond me, but I am hugely relieved. Is there a way to mass unhide files?
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06 Jun 2013   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Ooops. If you like, you could add Hidden File Attributes and Hidden Folder Attributes to the context menu in the tutorial below to make it easier and faster to unhide them.

File and Folder - Add "Hide" and "Unhide" to Context Menu
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07 Jun 2013   #5

Windows 7 Home x64
 
 

I'd like to thank you for your help Thus ends this chapter of "The problem between the chair and the screen", thanks for tuning in, kids!
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07 Jun 2013   #6
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome. I'm glad you got them sorted.
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