There are a lot of important files and folders on your Windows 7 computer with which you may never interact. Many of them are located in a folder called AppData, which is hidden by default in Windows 7. But you may find that you need to access a file that is in your AppData folder, which can be difficult when you aren’t able to find it.
Out guide below will show you how to display hidden files and folders in Windows 7, then direct you to the AppData folder on your computer.
Make the AppData Folder Visible in Windows 7
The steps in this article will assume that you need to find a file in the AppData folder on your computer, but that you are unable to see the AppData folder so that you can browse it. These steps will unhide the folder so that you can navigate its contents.
You can also navigate directly to the AppData folder for a user by clicking the Start button at the bottom-left corner of your screen, clicking inside the Search field at the bottom of the Start menu, then typing C:\Users\YourWindowsUsername\AppData and pressing Enter on your keyboard. Note that you will need to replace YourWindowsUsername with the actual name of the Windows user account.
- Click the folder icon at the bottom of your screen to open Windows Explorer.
- Click Organize in the blue bar at the top of the window, then click Folder and search options.
- Click the View tab at the top of the window.
- Click the button to the left of Show hidden files, folders and drives, click Apply at the bottom of the window, then click the OK button.
- Scroll down in the column at the left side of the Windows Explorer window, then click the C drive option under Computer.
- Double-click the Users folder to open it.
- Double-click the folder of the Windows user that contains the AppData folder that you need to access.
- Double-click the AppData folder to begin navigating through it.
While it is not required, you may want to go back and hide folders again if there are other people that use your Windows account who may inadvertently delete something important from a hidden folder.
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