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Toggle hidden files and folders on and off?

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#1 ·  Posted (edited)

Is there a control or command that will allow us to toggle showing or hiding files, as seen in Windows Explorer folder options where we can tick to hide or show hidden files/folders? I found again just references to doing things reglated to GUIs in the help file and got a whole bunch of other things when searching the forum. Thanks. :)

p.s., my internet has been down since Friday so I'll not be able to read this post and answer again until tomorrow morning when I get back to work. Thanks much!!! <g>

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Hi,

Check this topic.


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#3 ·  Posted (edited)

Hi,

Check this topic.

Boo I was making one but took too long :P I couldn't figure out a way to refresh the explorer windows! haha, thanks for that post! :)

This is what I came up with:

Func ToggleHiddenFiles($ToggleHidden=1,$ToggleSuperHidden=1,$ToggleFileExt=0)
    $RegKey="HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced"
    $Hidden=RegRead($RegKey,"Hidden")
    $HideFileExt=RegRead($RegKey,"HideFileExt")
    $ShowSuperHidden=RegRead($RegKey,"ShowSuperHidden")

    If $ToggleHidden=1 Then
        If $Hidden=1 Then
            RegWrite($RegKey,"Hidden","REG_DWORD",2);=2 hide,=1 show
        Else
            RegWrite($RegKey,"Hidden","REG_DWORD",1);=2 hide,=1 show
        EndIf
    EndIf
    If $ToggleSuperHidden=1 Then
        If $ShowSuperHidden=1 Then
            RegWrite($RegKey,"ShowSuperHidden","REG_DWORD",0);=0 hide, 1 show
        Else
            RegWrite($RegKey,"ShowSuperHidden","REG_DWORD",1);=0 hide, 1 show
        EndIf
    EndIf
    If $ToggleFileExt=1 Then
        If $HideFileExt=1 Then
            RegWrite($RegKey,"HideFileExt","REG_DWORD",0);=0 show, 1 hide
        Else
            RegWrite($RegKey,"HideFileExt","REG_DWORD",1);=0 show, 1 hide
        EndIf
    EndIf
    ;Get explorer windows:
    Opt("WinTitleMatchMode", 4)
    $WinList = WinList("classname=CabinetWClass")
    If IsArray($WinList) Then
        Local $WinListArr[$WinList[0][0]+1]
        For $iW = 1 To $WinList[0][0]
            $WinListArr[$iW] = $WinList[$iW][0]
        Next
        $WinListArr[0] = $WinList[0][0]
;~         Return $WinListArr
    Else
;~         Return ""
    EndIf
    ;Update explorers:  
    $WinExpListArr =$WinListArr
    If IsArray($WinExpListArr) Then
        For $iWin = 1 To $WinExpListArr[0]
            $GetWinState = WinGetState($WinExpListArr[$iWin])
            $Hwnd = WinGetHandle($WinExpListArr[$iWin])
            DllCall("user32.dll", "long", "SendMessage", "hwnd", $hWnd, "int", 0x111, "int", 28931, "int", 0)
        Next
    EndIf
    
    $Hwnd = WinGetHandle("classname=Progman")
    DllCall("user32.dll", "long", "SendMessage", "hwnd", $hWnd, "int", 0x111, "int", 28931, "int", 0)
    
    
    
    
EndFunc

This is how you use it:

ToggleHiddenFiles([ToggleHidden=1,[ToggleSuperHidden=1,[ToggleHideFileExtensios=0]]])

The three parameters are optional. Leaving them blank will toggle:

  • *Hidden files
  • *SuperHidden files
For example, let's say you just want to toggle hidden file extensions, then you just use:

ToggleHiddenFiles(0,0,1)

If you just want to toggle hidden system files (superhiddenfiles) then use:

ToggleHiddenFiles(0,1,0)

Thanks MsCreatoR ;)

Edited by Nahuel

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#4 ·  Posted (edited)

Nice work Nahuel

Now can you figure out how to show the super-super-super hidden files.

I always run with super-hidden enabled but I have at least 2 files that will not show regardless.

I know they exist because I can Run or ShellExecute them an I looked in the registry to check the paths and they are right where I knew they were.

BTW it would be a good idea to make sure that the values are the same for both before you toggle.

t's no good having The value of Hidden = 0 and then the value of SuperHidden = 1

Edited by GEOSoft

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Nice work Nahuel

Now can you figure out how to show the super-super-super hidden files.

I always run with super-hidden enabled but I have at least 2 files that will not show regardless.

I know they exist because I can Run or ShellExecute them an I looked in the registry to check the paths and they are right where I knew they were.

Well, if you go to folder options, then view and then Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) . You'll see that it modifies the value of ShowSuperHidden in this key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

However, there's another valuename in that key called SuperHidden. I tried modifying it but it didn't seem to do anything since I don't know where those super-super-hidden files are... maybe you can try that, cos I didn't find anything else...

BTW it would be a good idea to make sure that the values are the same for both before you toggle.

t's no good having The value of Hidden = 0 and then the value of SuperHidden = 1

I thought of that, which is why I gave the function optional parameters. If I added that to the function and your explorer has hidden=0 and SuperHidden=1 then the function wouldn't do anything... So just make sure you are using the right parameters :)

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Maybe this?

If $ToggleSuperHidden=1 Then
        If $ShowSuperHidden=1 Then
            RegWrite($RegKey,"ShowSuperHidden","REG_DWORD",0);=0 hide, 1 show
        Else
            If $Hidden =2 Then 
               RegWrite($RegKey,"Hidden","REG_DWORD",1)
               $Hidden = 1
            EndIf
            RegWrite($RegKey,"ShowSuperHidden","REG_DWORD",1);=0 hide, 1 show
        EndIf
    EndIf

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Yeah, that seems to work great :) Didn't think about it.

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#8 ·  Posted (edited)

@Nahuel

Nice Script , but the only way this script works for me you must add a few lines.

;in the Update explorers area:  

Local $ah_WinExpListArr2 = WinList("classname=ExploreWClass")
If $ah_WinExpListArr2[0][0] > 0 Then
    For $i = 1 To $ah_WinExpListArr2[0][0] Step 1
        DllCall("user32.dll", "long", "SendMessage", "hwnd", $ah_WinExpListArr2[$i][1], "int", 0x111, "int", 28931, "int", 0)
    Next
EndIf

Patric

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FileSetAttrib ( "file pattern", "+-RASHNOT" [, recurse] )

Parameters

file pattern File(s) to change, e.g. C:\*.au3, C:\Dir

+-RASHNOT Attribute(s) to set/clear. e.g. "+A", "+RA-SH"

recurse [optional] If this is set to 1, then directories are recursed into. Default is 0 (no recursion).

Return Value

Success: Returns 1.

Failure: Returns 0 if encountered any errors.

Remarks

The file pattern cannot contain spaces!

The attributes that can be modified with the function are + or -:

"R" = READONLY

"A" = ARCHIVE

"S" = SYSTEM

"H" = HIDDEN

"N" = NORMAL

"O" = OFFLINE

"T" = TEMPORARY

(Note that you cannot set the compressed/directory attributes with this function.)

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The registry sub keys for HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced are:

Hidden

SuperHidden

ShowSuperHidden

HideFileExt

The default values are 2,0,0,1 respectively. To show everything the values would need to be set to 1,1,1,0 respectively.

A more complete function would be:

Func ToggleHiddenFiles($ToggleHidden=1,$ToggleSuperHidden=1,$ToggleShowSuperHidden=1,$ToggleFileExt=0)
    $RegKey="HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced"
    $Hidden=RegRead($RegKey,"Hidden")
    $SuperHidden=RegRead($RegKey,"SuperHidden")
    $ShowSuperHidden=RegRead($RegKey,"ShowSuperHidden")
    $HideFileExt=RegRead($RegKey,"HideFileExt")

    If $ToggleHidden=1 Then
        If $Hidden=1 Then
            RegWrite($RegKey,"Hidden","REG_DWORD",2);=2 hide,=1 show
        Else
            RegWrite($RegKey,"Hidden","REG_DWORD",1);=2 hide,=1 show
        EndIf
    EndIf
    If $ToggleSuperHidden=1 Then
        If $SuperHidden=1 Then
            RegWrite($RegKey,"SuperHidden","REG_DWORD",0);=0 hide, 1 show
        Else
            RegWrite($RegKey,"SuperHidden","REG_DWORD",1);=0 hide, 1 show
        EndIf
    EndIf
    If $ToggleShowSuperHidden=1 Then
        If $ShowSuperHidden=1 Then
            RegWrite($RegKey,"ShowSuperHidden","REG_DWORD",0);=0 hide, 1 show
        Else
            RegWrite($RegKey,"ShowSuperHidden","REG_DWORD",1);=0 hide, 1 show
        EndIf
    EndIf
    If $ToggleFileExt=1 Then
        If $HideFileExt=1 Then
            RegWrite($RegKey,"HideFileExt","REG_DWORD",0);=0 show, 1 hide
        Else
            RegWrite($RegKey,"HideFileExt","REG_DWORD",1);=0 show, 1 hide
        EndIf
    EndIf
   ;Get explorer windows:
    Opt("WinTitleMatchMode", 4)
    $WinList = WinList("classname=CabinetWClass")
    If IsArray($WinList) Then
        Local $WinListArr[$WinList[0][0]+1]
        For $iW = 1 To $WinList[0][0]
            $WinListArr[$iW] = $WinList[$iW][0]
        Next
        $WinListArr[0] = $WinList[0][0]
;~       Return $WinListArr
    Else
;~       Return ""
    EndIf
   ;Update explorers: 
    $WinExpListArr =$WinListArr
    If IsArray($WinExpListArr) Then
        For $iWin = 1 To $WinExpListArr[0]
            $GetWinState = WinGetState($WinExpListArr[$iWin])
            $Hwnd = WinGetHandle($WinExpListArr[$iWin])
            DllCall("user32.dll", "long", "SendMessage", "hwnd", $hWnd, "int", 0x111, "int", 28931, "int", 0)
        Next
    EndIf
   
    $Hwnd = WinGetHandle("classname=Progman")
    DllCall("user32.dll", "long", "SendMessage", "hwnd", $hWnd, "int", 0x111, "int", 28931, "int", 0)   
EndFunc

Usage:

Toggle Show All:

ToggleHiddenFiles(1,1,1,0)

Toggle Hide All:

ToggleHiddenFiles(2,0,0,1)

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