How can I show ignored files in visual studio code?

The defaults of VS Code puzzle me, but fortunately there is a way to override them. I spent hours searching for a way to expose these files in the Explorer view, and only found it through experimenting based on what I already had for the search:

"search.useIgnoreFiles": false,
"files.useIgnoreFiles": false,

go to Preferences > Settings, uncheck the option search:Use Ignore Files, then it works

This is not currently possible in VS Code but there is discussion in this github issue about making it possible.

I suggest that you give a thumbs up reaction to the issue (click on the thumbs up in the bottom left of the initial post) to voice your support and follow the issue so you can find out if something changes.