How to show hidden folders

This might seem like an odd post but it is helpful because there is an AutoCAD support path that might be hidden thus preventing you from navigating to this location through Windows Explorer.

The desired support location is located within the “AppData” folder. This folder is unique for each user for a computer. The location is C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Roaming\Autodesk\AutoCAD 2013 – English\R19.0\enu\Support

If you navigate to C:\Users\Username folder you may not see the folder called “AppData”

(Note: My username folder is called “Trog”)

Hidden Files 1

  • If you press the ALT button you will see the below menus appear.
  • Click the tools button from the menu and then click “folder options”

Hidden Files 2


Click the “View” tab to make it active

  • Then scroll down and click to toggle to “Show hidden files, folders and drives”
  • This menu is also where you can change how the file types are shown, A file type is the three-letter file extension that is at the end of a file name. For example, a .dwg is an AutoCAD drawing file. Or a .pdf file is a PDF file…

Hidden Files 3



Click OK when you are finished.

You should know see the below folder “AppData”

Hidden Files 4


About AutoCAD Tips

This blog serves as a knowledge base for myself (and anyone else) so that I can reference tips & tricks that I have learned and also refer others to it as well. I hope that this blog helps you learn at least one tip to make your drafting/design experience better.
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1 Response to How to show hidden folders

  1. matt hathorne says:

    The tool tab does not show up.

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