If you are looking for data in Windows 7 that is being stored inside of the AppData folder, you might be wondering where that folder is located. Windows 7 hides this folder by default, because it contains a lot of information that is vitally important to the way your installed programs run. But if you need to access a file inside of this folder, such as a Microsoft Outlook .pst file, or an AutoRecover file in Excel or Word, then you can follow the steps below to learn how to unhide Windows 7 folders and access your AppData folder.
UnHide the AppData Folder in Windows 7
If you are worried that someone else using your computer may inadvertently delete some important files in the AppData folder, it’s always a good idea to re-hide your folders when you are done. You can do this by simply following the steps below again, but select the Don’t show hidden files, folders and drives option this time.
Step 1: Click the folder icon in the taskbar at the bottom of your screen.
Step 2: Click Organize at the top of the window, then click Folder and search options.
Step 3: Click the View tab at the top of the window.
Step 4: Check the option to the left of Show hidden files, folders and drives, then click the Apply button at the bottom of the window.
Step 5: Click the C drive option in the column at the left side of the window.
Step 6: Double-click the Users folder.
Step 7: Double-click the name of the Windows 7 user containing the AppData folder you want to access.
Step 8: Double-click the AppData folder to browse for the file you need to access.
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