How to see AppData folder?

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  1. Posts : 126
    Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows XP, MS-DOS

    How to see AppData folder?

    Hi! I'm an old guy who up until a few days ago was still chugging along with Windows 7 and Windows XP.

    But when MS pulled the plug on Windows 7 I decided it was probably time for me to finally make the jump to Windows 10. So I ordered a pig-in-a-poke PC from Internet Essentials which came with Windows 10 already installed.

    The first thing I'm trying to do is clean up all the clutter on the Start Menu.

    I found instructions on the web:

    Open File Explorer. Click on the View menu and then enable the option for "Hidden items." Navigate to the following window:
    C:\Users\[your username]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu

    But when I look in the folder named "user" there doesn't seem to be a folder named AppData.
    How to see AppData folder?-appdata-missing-user-lenny.jpg

    I'd be grateful if someone could help me figure out how to find that AppData folder.

    Will in Seattle
    a.k.a. "Clueless"
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  2. Posts : 35,410
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)

    1. One way to get there (actually to .....AppData\Roaming ) is to type/copy
    into the address bar of file explorer.

    2. You can also simply copy
    C:\Users\[your username]\AppData\
    into file explorer's address bar and it will open it.

    3. It's a hidden folder- make those visible using the bottom option:
    How to see AppData folder?-1.png

    A really easy way to make changes to the Start Menu is to download and install Open Shell - a free start menu.

    That allows you to drag and drop items, delete items in the start menu easily, and just by rt click and click open either of the folders comprising the start menu.

    It's a fully featured start menu which you can use as such- a good many here use it. No tiles.
    With it installed you can still use Win 10's start menu.

    It includes the best features of Win 7 and XPs start menus- and more- so you can have a familiar start menu.
    Last edited by dalchina; 05 Jul 2020 at 23:38.
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  3. Posts : 252
    Windows 10 Pro

    Navigate to the users/YOUR USER NAME folder. USUALLY this folder shortcut can be found on the desktop. If it is there you can just open it. Then see the picture I have added below. You do not HAVE to go to the user\your user name folder. You can just open the file explorer and follow the instructions in the picture below and THEN go to the folder. Point is that you need to open windows file explorer and then follow the pictured instructions.

    How to see AppData folder?-1untitled.jpg
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  4. Posts : 7,116
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit

    I use Classic Shell / Open Shell on all my PCs. You can configure the start menu to resemble Windows 7.
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  5. Posts : 126
    Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows XP, MS-DOS
    Thread Starter

    Thanks for all the replies!

    It seems that the problem of the hidden AppData folder has mysteriously solved itself. You may recall that even though I had set the folder view in File Explorer to show hidden files, the file list under "user" went from 3D Objects to Contacts, with no AppData in between.

    Well, as I mentioned in my first post, I'm an old guy, and I need to take a nap every afternoon, so after leaving my message here I shut down my PCs and took a nap.

    Then, after my nap, when I booted up my PCs again, I was surprised to find the AppDate file had popped up between 3D Objects and Contacts like this:
    How to see AppData folder?-appdata-revealed-user-lenny.jpg

    Is it possible that making a change in the View settings requires a system reboot for the change to take effect?

    So, this time at least, all's well that ends well.

    I still have an awful lot to learn about Windows 10, so I'm glad I found this forum. You folks are great! I'll be checking back here often in the days to come.

    In the meantime, I'm going to hold off on installing a classic shell app. I did that for Windows 7 and Windows XP, but this time around I'd like to try to force myself to learn to use Windows 10 as is, out of the box. At least while I'm learning my way around it in the coming few weeks. Then, if I still find it utterly maddening to deal with (as I do now) I'll likely just throw in the towel and install a classic shell so I can just get on with using my PC instead of fighting with it all day long.

    Will in Seattle
    a.k.a. "Clueless"
    Last edited by CluelessInSeatl; 06 Jul 2020 at 13:12.
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  6. Posts : 387
    Win 7 Pro/32, Win 10 Pro/64/32

    Besides the obvious, "Open Shell" you may also want to install "Grant Admin Full Control".
    I don't have a URL for it, but I'm sure you can find it with a Google Search.
    It's a little script, that when run will give you full control over every file and folder on your PC.
    It installs itself into your Right Click Context menu, so you just Right Click on a folder or file and than click on Grant Admin Full Control in the drop down menu, and VOILA, you own it!
    After becoming the Owner of a file, you can then rename it, delete it, move it, etc.

    When I install any OS, 'Grant Admin Full Control' is one of the first things I install during the setup process.
    Try it! I think You'll like it!

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  7. Posts : 1,867
    Windows 10 Pro 2004 20H1

    So why would you run a script when you can login using the Built-in Administrator account?
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  8. Posts : 13,950
    Windows 10 Pro X64 21H1 19043.1503

    Don't want to interrupt what I'm doing to login to Administrator.
    I believe what is being referred to is How to Add Take Ownership to Context Menu in Windows 10
    and like TechnoMage, it's one of the first changes I make to a system after it's installed.
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  9. Posts : 5,201
    21H1 64 Bit Home


    Do not take ownership of that folder. It will cause problems.

    Stop Application Data folder replicating? Solved - Windows 7 Help Forums
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  10. Posts : 5,201
    21H1 64 Bit Home

    Don't take ownership of any folders unless they are non-system folders that you or a program created without knowing how to restore original permissions. Sometimes it's okay to temporarily take ownership.

    How to see AppData folder?-take-restore-ownership.jpg
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