Hide certain files automatically

Maarten Vlug 1 Reputation point

Hi there,

Is there a way to automatically hide certain files automatically in Windows 10? I work with a 3D program (solid Edge) and it generates config files that are useless to have in the folder. So I have unnecessary files in the folder which can make the overview difficult. Now I manually hide them, but it would be great if it could be done automatically.
I saw a post that it is not possible, but that was in 2012, so maybe this option is available now?


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  1. IoTGirl 2,976 Reputation points Microsoft Employee

    Hi Martin,

    Windows-Maps Supports Microsoft.com/maps APIs. I am rerouting this to the windows folks but if you are not a developer, you might want to ask on Answers.Microsoft.com. If these files are of a standard config extension, they would be hidden automatically so if you are the creator of the App, maybe you can name the files so that they would be hidden unless "Unhide" system files is chosen?


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  2. Jeanine Zhang-MSFT 9,101 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor


    Welcome to Microsoft Q&A!

    If you want to automatically hide certain files through win32 programs,as far as I'm concerned you are looking for the GetFileAttributesEx, GetFileAttributes and SetFileAttributes methods in the Win32 API.

    Best Regards,


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