What is Application Data Folder in Windows 7

by Sandesh on November 13, 2010

AppData or Application data is a hidden folder in Windows 7. It is to protect user data and settings from any unwanted change or deletion. It contains many important data such as program settings, IE cookies, toolbar settings, IE browsing history, temporary files created by applications, Libraries, send to items, templates and many more.

To access this folder you have to select “Show hidden files and folders” in the folder options. You can check the article to know how you can access hidden files and folders in Windows.


Now click on Start button and then click on the username link present at the top right.


Your user account folder will open. It consists of many folders. Also it contains one folder called AppData. This is the folder hidden and it is displayed now because you unhide all the hidden folders in the previous step.


Double click on AppData folder and you can see three folders inside it namely Local, LocalLow and Roaming. Each folder has its own significance.


Local: Local folder contains many subfolders . It mainly contains folders related to installed programs. Also there is a folder of Microsoft where you can find history of Windows activities. There is a temp folder which stores all the temporary files. IE temporary files are stored under temporary internet files under Windows folder.

Roaming: Windows computer makes a roaming profile which is stored on a network server. All the data available to roaming profile can be accessed via roaming folder. Type %appdata% in the start menu search box to access the roaming folder. You can find many programs folders inside Roaming. Go to Microsoft –> Windows and you can access many folders such as Libraries, network shortcuts, printer shortcuts, recent items, send to, start menu, templates, themes, etc.

LocalLow It is mainly for IE, Java and Adobe protected mode data.

Note: If you want to open temporary internet files, cookies data, send to data, cache files and history data present inside different folders then you don’t need to go to AppData directory every time. Just click on the Start button, type shell:history to access Internet Explorer browsing history, type shell:cache to access offline cache for Internet Explorer, type shell:cookies to access Internet Explorer cookies data, and type shell:sendto to add or delete shortcuts to be appear in send to menu.

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