How to Remove an Invisible File/folder.

You may have read instructables where you make an "invisible" folder and later decided to remove it only to find out that it wont go away and you can't move it! In this instructable I will show you a batch file I wrote to remove your invisible folder.

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Step 1: Download and Open the Batch File.

Start by downloading and opening the batch file associated with this step. If it says that it doesn't know how to open the file, then tell it to open it with "cmd.exe". Now enter the address of the root folder which your invisible file/folder is and press Enter.
Example: c:\Users\Kevin\Desktop
Will take you to Kevin's desktop.

Step 2: Choose File

Once you enter an address it will take you there. If the address doesn't exist then it will take you to the desktop. It will then list all the files and folders. Carfully look through the list and find a file without a name. A file/folder name "." or ".." is not it! In my case the fil is named "0A00~1", so I enter that in and press Enter.

Step 3: Rename

Now enter a new name for the folder. NOTE: It will not work if you add uncommon characters or spaces, so just enter somthing like invisible_folder.

Step 4: Almost Done

Now go to where the file is and delete it! I didn't make it so it deleted the file just renamed it because if the user selects the wrong file they could accidently delete it.

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    9 Discussions


    10 years ago

    This is a great Instructable, but you need to add a main image of the final project to the intro step. Please do that and leave me a message when you have so that we can publish your work. Thanks!


    9 years ago on Step 4

    thanx helped me so much i used the alt 0160 to a folder then made it hidden after that i couldnt do andything but put stuff in it but this worked thanx so much


    10 years ago on Step 1

    Download for "invisible file renamer.bat" appears as "FBE98FJFROAALVW.tmp"
    and i can't seem to get it to work. do i need to rename the temp file?

    1 reply

    Reply 10 years ago on Step 1

     What browser are you using? It should download as a .bat file. Be sure that the file has completed downloading and you aren't looking at the wrong file. If it helps then when you tell it to download tell it to download to your Desktop.


    10 years ago on Step 2

    I still can't see my folder! There is no warning. I downloaded the file previously. Is it called FBE98FJFROAALVW.tmp?

    3 replies

    You downloaded what file previously? If your talking about the batch file it should be called "Invisible File Renamer.bat" unless you renamed it.


    Oh right! Yup got it...But I still can't see the invisible folder... But yet I can assess it through the adress bar by typing the 0160. I can now go in but I still can't see the folder any idea???


    You normally can't delete or rename files with the name "alt+0160" through windows explorer. What this does is rename the invisible(you have to specify it) so that you can delete it.