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Customize Windows: Where is that thing?

If you’re gonna customize your Windows experience, you need to know how to get around.  Traditionally, it’s sort of been an “in the know” game when it comes to finding stuff.  Half the time, any given thing you’re looking for has been downloaded or installed to a default place.  And while it’s generally become easier to find things in newer versions of Windows  (thanks in large part to a better Windows search) it’s still better to know where things are.

Why?  Well, it’s all about opening and uploading things.  When you open a word processor or photo editor and opt to “Open” a file, Windows guesses where you want to go.  9 time out of 10, it doesn’t open to the right place.

And then there’s uploading.  As we’ve become more integrated into Web-based platforms like social media and self-run blogs, the necessity of moving things from your PC to your Web album and data-storage is a daily task.

upload file

Usually it’s easy, right?  Facebook says upload a file and then opens Windows Explorer to where Windows thinks that file will be.

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Need to Know: Showing Hidden Files in Windows

So wait a minute?  There are hidden files in Windows?

This may seem like a no-brainer to some users.  It makes sense that Windows would strive to protect people from making unwanted changes – changes to files that could hurt or disrupt the normal operation of a computer.

At the same time, there are lots of reasons to access those hidden parts of a PC.  There’s nothing inherently dangerous about viewing them; they’re just program sensitive files that help dietetic how applications behave.

Sure it’s important to be careful and don’ t move or delete things out-of-hand.  At the same time, there are lots of fixes that can only be accomplished by going into the hidden parts of a PC.  Fortunately, getting your computer to show hidden files is easy.

Show Hidden Files

1. Just open up Windows Explorer.  You can open up to view any file or folder; here we’re in the User Directory.


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