How to Find Hidden AppData

By Adam White

When using Microsoft's Windows operating system, important data, such as program settings, browser cookies or temporary files, are automatically stored in a special folder labelled "AppData." By default, Windows hides this folder from view to protect the user against accidental change or deletion of personal data and settings. However, occasionally you may need to access the "AppData" folder to manually retrieve or remove certain items. This can easily be achieved by using the Windows folder options.

Step 1

Click the "Start" button in the taskbar and press the username link in the right-hand panel to open your user account folder.

Step 2

Click the "Organize" button in the toolbar and select "Folder and search options" from the drop-down menu.

Step 3

Click on the "View" tab in the dialog box and locate "Hidden files and folders" under the "Advanced settings" heading. Check the option "Show hidden files, folders, and drives" and press the "OK" button to confirm. You will now be able to see "AppData" in your user account folder.