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    Question Manually set view of hidden files/file extensions

    Been annoyed with this this one for quite a long time now. I have set my system to always hide file extensions and disable view of hidden folders/files. However, problem is, I need to view certain hidden files and/or display extensions periodically, when I'm doing any sort of troubleshooting or routine maintenance. It's really ANNOYING to go into Folder options everytime and uncheck the boxes to display and then hide extensions/hidden files.

    I was wondering if there was a one-click (or double-click, fine by me) method of accomplishing this instead of wading through dozens of options. And yes, choosing to not hide these files clutters up my view too much. Any batch files perhaps to automatically activate those options and then deactivate them?

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    KritzX,

    Here are 3 solutions to the extensions situation.

    If you know Powershell here's some help. If you don't post back and I'll give it a shot when I get some time I'm off to a BBQ.

    HTH
    Last edited by RetiredGeek; 2014-08-24 at 15:28.
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    Er, I tried creating a .reg key and got this when I double clicked the file and tried to load it into the registry:

    Untitled.png

    What am I doing wrong?
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    KritzX,

    Ok, here are the two files:
    ExplorerExts.zip
    UnZip them to a directory.
    Right Click on the one you want to use.
    Select Open With Registry Editor
    MergeToRegEdit.JPG
    Answer YES to the UAC prompt.
    Answer YES to the Registry Modification prompt.
    REGEDIT Confirm.JPG
    Refresh Windows Explorer to see the results.
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    Awesome! It worked perfectly. I wonder why it didn't work the first time...

    Anyways, now on to the hidden files...

    On the website you linked to, I noticed a Show Hidden files script, but it was for AutoHotKey, which I don't use. Anyway to come up with a registry entry similar to the file extension one?

    Thanks!
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    KritzX,

    Here's the entire Exported Registry Key:
    Code:
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
    "Start_SearchFiles"=dword:00000002
    "ServerAdminUI"=dword:00000000
    "Hidden"=dword:00000001
    "ShowCompColor"=dword:00000001
    "HideFileExt"=dword:00000000
    "DontPrettyPath"=dword:00000000
    "ShowInfoTip"=dword:00000001
    "HideIcons"=dword:00000000
    "MapNetDrvBtn"=dword:00000000
    "WebView"=dword:00000001
    "Filter"=dword:00000000
    "ShowSuperHidden"=dword:00000000
    "AutoCheckSelect"=dword:00000000
    "IconsOnly"=dword:00000000
    "ShowTypeOverlay"=dword:00000000
    "ShowStatusBar"=dword:00000001
    "ListviewAlphaSelect"=dword:00000001
    "ListviewShadow"=dword:00000001
    "TaskbarAnimations"=dword:00000001
    "StartMenuInit"=dword:00000006
    "ReindexedProfile"=dword:00000001
    "StoreAppsOnTaskbar"=dword:00000000
    "TaskbarSizeMove"=dword:00000000
    "Start_SearchPrograms"=dword:00000001
    "Start_PowerButtonAction"=dword:00000002
    "MMTaskbarEnabled"=dword:00000001
    "MMTaskbarMode"=dword:00000000
    "MMTaskbarGlomLevel"=dword:00000000
    "DisablePreviewDesktop"=dword:00000000
    "TaskbarSmallIcons"=dword:00000000
    "TaskbarGlomLevel"=dword:00000000
    "DontUsePowerShellOnWinX"=dword:00000001
    "HideMergeConflicts"=dword:00000000
    "FullRowSelect"=dword:00000001
    "Start_JumpListItems"=dword:0000000a
    "ExtendedUIHoverTime"=dword:00000190
    All I did to get the first one was to delete everything I didn't need.
    I think what you want here is the "Hidden" value.
    I have mine set to show Hidden so you would want to leave the value as it is above or change it to 0 to rehide.
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    Ah got it now. Thanks for all you help on this one, RG!
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