Show / Hide hidden items in File Explorer with a single shortcut Key

There is, unfortunately, no shortcut key available to toggle between showing and hiding files or folder in the File Explorer. Hence this AutoHotKey script. You can toggle the view in File Explorer to show or hide with the just a Win+h shortcut key.

This script is not that fancy, it just toggles between two different values of the specific registry key and will send F5 keystroke to refresh the view in File Explorer.

SetTitleMatchMode, 2
#IfWinActive ahk_class CabinetWClass
  RegRead, HiddenRegValue, HKEY_CURRENT_USER, Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced, Hidden

  if HiddenRegValue = 2 
    RegWrite, REG_DWORD, HKEY_CURRENT_USER, Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced, Hidden, 1
    RegWrite, REG_DWORD, HKEY_CURRENT_USER, Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced, Hidden, 2

  WinGetClass, CabinetWClass
  Send {F5}

If you don’t prefer the above script, you can still toggle hidden items with the combination of multiple keystrokes in File Explorer. The key combination is Alt+v hh.

Windows Command Prompt Alternative - Cmder

Cmder - Console Emulator

Till Microsoft releases its new Windows Terminal, there is not much option for a decent command prompt tool in Windows. Forget about having a color theme and or multiple tabs in command windows; you won’t find the essential feature even things like copy/paste. Windows stuck with the same feature sets for command windows which they built more than 20 years back and not much enhancement made to it afterward. There is always a room for basic terminal windows with few more functionalities which match with those pimp terminals in MaxOS or Linux. I believe Cmder fills that room as I find every feature I expect from a terminal window. It has multiple tabs, can split the screen into multiple panels, can run many Unix commands, comes with Git setup, and much more.

Cmder is a self-contained console emulator for Windows without any dependencies. Being a portable application, Cmder offers to run without any need to install on the machine. It is based on ConEmu with the major config overhaul, comes with many color schemes, fantastic clink, and a custom prompt layout. If you are looking for a replacement for existing command windows with features like multiple tabs, custom color scheme, minimize to the system tray, etc. then you will love Cmder. Pick your shell you want to work with like Cmd, PowerShell, Bash, or Mintty, and run it using Cmder emulator as standard terminal experience.

If disk space is not the constraint, make sure you download full version (108 MB) which also has Git for Windows.

Cmder - VIM Editor