BEST GUIDE: What is AppData and how to Access it

AppData is a system folder and contains important settings and files. Most, if not all, programs installed on your computer use AppData folder to store their settings and data files. Usually, you don’t need to access AppData folder; your programs do it for you. Once in a while, however, you may need to find certain files in this folder. For example, your personalized MS Word templates and Sticky Note files are stored in AppData folder. If you want to back up your program settings and files, you may need to access AppData folder, especially before a clean install of Windows.

AppData folder is hidden by default, and every user account on the PC has their own AppData. Normally, you don’t access appdata unless instructed to do so, or as a part of guide/manual. To access appdata, you must be logged in, and into the user account for whom you need to access the appdata for.

Steps listed in this guide will work on all versions of Windows.

Assuming you are logged into the correct user account, here’s what you need to do:

Hold the Windows Key and Press R. In the run dialog, type %appdata% and click OK.


After you Hit OK, you will be taken to the Roaming folder, in AppData from here, look at the breadcrumb on the top and click AppData to get to the AppData folder.


This is it. You now have the Files/Folders under AppData and you continue with what you were planning to from here.

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