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Why hidden folders?

By yvonne ·
I saved a file and the default path was a folder named Application Data. When I went looking for it, I couldn't find it until I chose to "show hidden folders". What is the purpose of this hidden folder and why does Windows hide folders?

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by ShaunJanzen In reply to Why hidden folders?

The reason for hidden folders is to reduce the risk of a user going into an important folder and deleting important files that are needed for certain applications and the operating system to run properly.

The Application Data folder is used specifically to store settings that you may have set for any installed programs or certain settings that are unique to the user that is logged in. An example is when you add a word to the dictionary in Microsoft Word. The word you have added is stored in the Application Data folder as well as your Address Book. I hope this is answer is sufficient.

Have a great day,

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