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Program Files - Gray Pane (hidden folders)

by Walt H / February 5, 2008 11:49 AM PST

In windows explorer when you click the folder Program Files the right side pane is gray due to hidden files. There's an option in that pane which says "show files", I clicked that and it displayed the hidden folders. How do I restore it as it was before? I tried tools>folder>view and ticked "do not show hidden files and folders" but it still shows the folders.

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(NT) Sometimes you have to reboot...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 5, 2008 12:00 PM PST
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by Walt H / February 5, 2008 12:18 PM PST

I tried changing the file attribute of the Progam Files folder ONLY (not the sub folders), when I reboot the Program Files folder is hidden. I changed the file attribute back to unhide.

Before I clicked the right side of the Gray Pane (show files) of Program Files the sub folders would display it's contents now when I click Program Files no more Gray Pane and it shows everyting. I'm just puzzeled as to how to get it back as it was before.

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Reset the explorer views.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 5, 2008 12:30 PM PST
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by Walt H / February 5, 2008 12:40 PM PST
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Here's the REAL issue regarding the Program Files folder. Prior to my clicking "show contents of this folder" in the grayed out right payne, the FILES were hidden (NOT the folder). When I click on the Windows folder, the right hand payne is gray with the message "This fold contains files that keep your system working properly. You should not modify it's contents". Under this is "Show the contents of this folder" (which I clicked in the Program Files Folder to display the contents) Now I can't seem to get it (Program Files folder) back to it's original state (like the Windows Folder is).

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Problem Solved....
by Walt H / February 5, 2008 1:23 PM PST
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Here's how I resolved the issue. In explorer view below the Help Menu and to the right of the Search tool, there is a FOLDERS section. I click on that and to the left is the option to "hide contents of this folder". It's now as it was originally.

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