How to access hidden files on a Mac
The easiest way is to click the Go menu in the Finder and select Go to Folder. Plug the path of the folder into the dialog box and click Go or press Enter. You have to press this keyboard shortcut, click over to another folder, and then click the Desktop folder again.
Hidden folders and files will appear so you can easily access them from here. The Finder does offer an option to view hidden files.
Subscribe to RSS
To view hidden files in the Finder, open a Terminal window and run the following commands in it, pressing Enter after each one:. This command tells Finder to show hidden files and then restarts it.
They appear partially transparent to distinguish hidden files and folders from normally unhidden ones. Want to stop Finder from showing hidden files and folders?
- Quick Tip: Hide Files and Folders From Spotlight Search.
- Hide a File or Folder on a Mac.
- How to Show Hidden Files and Folders on Your Mac.
Want to unhide a file or folder? If you remember the exact path of the folder or file, you can type it into the terminal. You can also press the up arrow key at the terminal to cycle through previous commands, locating the command that made the file or folder hidden.
You can also run various Terminal commands that will display these files. Image Credit: Quentin Meulepas on Flickr. The Best Tech Newsletter Anywhere.
Thanks to Guido Schlabitz for making me aware of this new shortcut. This will show all hidden files. To hide them again, follow the same steps but replace the Terminal command with:. A Terminal alias is a name or shortcut for one or multiple commands.
Your Mac Is Hiding Your Library Folder
Using an easy to remember alias, we can turn the above four step process into just one. An alias can be made temporarily just for the use of one terminal session or permanently. Now when you want to show hidden files, all you need type in Terminal is showFiles , then hideFiles when you want to hide them.