The fastest way that I have figured out to show/hide hidden and system files is to open my computer, go to View, choose Folder options, go to view and click the radial. I was hoping that there might be some way to create a short cut either right to the last screen or that just changed the setting from show to hide automatically and so that I could put the shortcut on the start menu or desktop. Does anyone know of a way? If the solution requires coding, could you provide it? I don't remember much. Thanks.