How to Show Hidden Devices in Windows 10 - Easy Steps
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How to Show Hidden Devices in Windows 10 – Easy Steps

How to Show Hidden Devices in Windows 10

How to Show Hidden Devices in Windows 10 – Easy Steps

The Device Manager is an important section of the Control Panel. You can use the Device Manager to view the hardware of your personal computer. It also allows you to manage the hardware of your system.

While using the Device Manager you have total command over all the devices. The Device Manager shows information about all the devices including the status, type, and manufacturer of the driver that is used to run the device. You can also watch other properties of the driver.

Normally, we use the Device Manager for enabling or disabling a specific driver. Other than that we use the Device Manager for updating or installing a driver that is essential for the system.

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In Windows 10, there are other tools that work similar to Device Manager but Device Manager is considered the best tool for managing all the devices. There are many reasons behind this.

One of them is that the Device Manager is really easy to use compared to the other tools. Moreover, you need a few clicks to get to your destination while in other tools you have to perform many steps to access the devices you are looking for.

How to show hidden devices in Windows 10:

Sometimes we cannot find the devices we are looking for. Those devices are located in the “Hidden Devices” section. We need to disable drivers or want to make other changes to the devices that are not connected to your computer.

But people find it really hard to do that since they cannot find the Hidden Devices section in the Device Manager. Usually, Device Manager shows all the main devices but except for those that are hidden by default. But why is that so?

Why are some devices hidden in Device Manager

There can be multiple reasons why Device Manager doesn’t show some of the devices on your computer. First of the many reasons that the device is hidden can be because the device is not connected to the computer anymore but the files of the device are present in the computer. 

The Device Manager can also hide a device if it doesn’t support “Plug and Play”. Another reason can be if the device doesn’t have NoClassProperty property.

Now let’s come to your concern, if you are also facing difficulties in finding the hidden devices in Windows 10, then don’t worry you are at the right place. We got your back in this problem.

In this article, we will discuss the two methods that you can follow to show the hidden devices in Windows 10. 

How to show hidden devices in Windows 10:

Method #1: Show hidden devices in Device Manager from view menu

Follow these easy steps to show the hidden devices using this method.

Step 1: First of all, you need to open the Device Manager. You can also do this by opening the “Run” window and then using the “devmgmt.msc” command.

Step 2: After the Device Manager is opened, look at the options located on the top left corner of your screen.

Step 3: In those options, you have to click “View”.

Step 4: A menu will appear, there will be many options there but you need to click the second last option that is “Show Hidden Devices”.

Step 5: All the hidden devices you are looking for will be shown on your screen.

In order to hide these devices again, just unselect the box placed next to the “View” option. By following this method you can show the hidden devices on Windows 10 without facing any problems.

Method #2: Show hidden devices in Device Manager using Keyboard Shortcuts

You can also use your keyboard in order to show the hidden devices. Follow these simple steps below to do so.

Step 1: Firstly, open the Device Manager. To do that use the key combination “Win + X + M”.

Step 2: After the Device Manager is opened, you have to open the view menu. In order to do that you have to press “Alt + V” using your keyboard.

Step 3: Now, to show all the hidden devices you have to press the “W” button on your keyboard. This will grant you access to manage all the hidden devices.

Step 4: To unselect the hidden devices again you need to click the “W” button with the help of your keyboard.

This was the second method you can use to show the hidden devices in Windows 10.

Final Thoughts

This is the end of our article. In this article, we shared two methods that you can use to show hidden devices in Windows 10. We shared the detailed step-by-step guide with you. Both the methods are really easy to perform. We hope this article helped you in many ways.

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