Here's our Windows XP Tip for.. October 2, 2006
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Hide those Files
If you were wondering if there a way to add or delete files from the hidden files list in the Windows Explorer, check this out.

We don't know of a way to modify the hidden files list, but you could very easily use a batch to set the attributes of the BAK files. To create the file, run Notepad and enter the following:

@echo off attrib +H %1 *.bak /s

Choose File, Save As, and name the file Reset.bat. Save it in a folder of your choice. Note that you aren't restricted to BAK files--you can set the attributes of any extension. We're using BAK as an example only.

To use the file, you need to make sure the folder where the file resides is part of the path. To set the path, choose Start, Settings, Control Panel. When Control Panel opens, double-click the System icon and then click the Environment tab. Click Path to select it, and the path will appear in the Value entry box at the bottom of the dialog box. Add your folder to the path if it isn't already included. For example, let's say your Reset.bat file is in the \Util folder and your current path is


Add a semicolon to the end of the path to make it


Now, click Set to record your change and then click OK to close the dialog box. With Reset.bat in the path, you can use the file in any folder to reset the BAK attributes.