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Solved: Invisible Folders

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by dot4dash, Oct 14, 2008.

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  1. dot4dash

    dot4dash Thread Starter

    Oct 14, 2008
    used hidden folder "alt 1060" but when I tried to delete it thru cmd it needs folder name and i can't recall it or miss typed it.
    how can i find folder name or delete folder
    another way. thank you dave vista 64
  2. TerryNet

    TerryNet Moderator

    Mar 23, 2005
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    I don't know how to find a folder name that you don't recall, but it may be helpful to

    Control Panel - Folder Options - View tab - select 'Show hidden files and folders.'
  3. davehc

    davehc Retired Trusted Advisor

    Oct 4, 2006
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    To delete the folder you’ll need to rename it in the command prompt by typing:

    ren " " foldername
    That’s not a space in between the quotes. You need to press ALT+1060(together). You’ll then be able to delete the folder. Give it any name you like.
    If it doesn't work, try 0160.
  4. TheOutcaste


    Aug 7, 2007
    Welcome to TSG!
    It's alt+0160, not 1060, so the folder name is "alt+0160" (for alt+0160 press alt and type 0160 on the numeric keypad); that and changing the icon to a transparent icon is it's invisible. To use that as a name in the Command Prompt, you have to put it in quotes. So first confirm you are in the parent folder:
    Type DIR /ad
    You'll see a line for a directory with no name displayed (see first screenshot)
    type rd /s "alt+0160" and press enter and the folder will be deleted.

    You can also rename it/delete it in Windows Explorer. Just find the Parent folder and click the plus sign in front of it. The invisible folder will appear as a blank line, like the one under Temp in the 2nd screen shot. just use the down arrow key to move the highlight onto the folder then press delete to delete it, or press F2 then type a new name to make it "visible" again.



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