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Hidden File Tool

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Windows has its own built-in search utility, but people often find that it's not good for more than the most basic searches. Hidden File Tool is a simple utility with which you can search for hidden files as well as a variety of other file types. It's not much to look at, but it does a good job of finding files that might otherwise be inaccessible.

The program's interface is plain and utilitarian, with all of its features displayed on one screen. From drop-down menus you select the drive you want to search and the file type; options include images, Microsoft Office files, and applications and scripts, or the program can search all files or all files and folders. Check boxes let you select hidden, system, archive, or read-only files. Once you've entered your search criteria, click the Search button, and Hidden File Tool will do its thing. The results are displayed in a grid with sortable headers, and you can delete files from within the program. There's no Help file, but this isn't a significant drawback; Hidden File Tool's interface is clear. The program's portable format means that you can take it with you on a USB drive--a good thing, since it could be a very useful tool in your troubleshooting toolkit. Overall, we found that Hidden File Tool was easy to use and did a good, and reasonably quick, job of finding the files we were looking for.

Hidden File Tool comes as a ZIP file. It's accessible after extraction with no need for installation.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Avoid bloated CNET download"

    September 7, 2011  |   By English Bob

    Version: Hidden File Tool 2.0

    Pros

    The tool does what it says

    Cons

    The CNET download is needlessly bloated, and wouldn't work for me

    Summary

    This is a handy tool, if basic. I find that Windows' search doesn't always find what I'm looking for, even though I know it's there.

    However the CNET download is well worth avoiding. The actual Hidden File Tool download from other sites is a mere 36KB Zip; from CNET it's a 444KB .exe which wants to install IncrediMail, and then tried to connect to the Internet to download more stuff even though I'd unselected the IncrediMail offering. The tool itself is a single 40KB .exe file; surely that doesn't need a secondary download?! Fortunately my Internet connection setup stopped it there. Save yourself the time and bother and don't download from here. Three stars for the utility, zero stars for this implementation of it.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Does what it says"

    March 11, 2011  |  

    Version: Hidden File Tool 2.0

    Pros

    Relatively fast.
    Portable (single file executable.)
    Column sort.
    Highlighting for directories and certain system files.

    Cons

    No way to set/clear a single attribute while leaving others unchanged.
    No CTRL-A selection, but SHIFT and CTRL selections work fine.

    Summary

    Did what I needed it to do.

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