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hidden file

[¦hid·ən ¦fīl]
(computer science)
A disk file that does not appear in a directory listing and cannot be displayed, changed, or deleted.

hidden file

A file classification that makes a file invisible to the casual user. Hidden files are usually operating system components; however, commands issued on the command line and utility programs let users hide files to prevent unauthorized access. See dot file, Attrib, hidden network and hidden disk areas.