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Reveal and Conceal Hidden Files on Mac: Step-by-Step Guide 🗂️🔍

Struggling to view hidden files on your Mac? 🖥️ It’s simpler than you might think. This guide will walk you through the detailed steps of revealing hidden files and concealing them back, ensuring your safety and the well-being of your device. Remember, this process should be handled with care as inappropriate changes can disrupt your computer’s operation. 😇🔍


Locate the Finder on your Mac

Begin by locating the Finder on your Mac. 💻 To do this, press on the search icon, represented as a magnifying glass, situated in the top right corner of your screen. In the search bar that appears, type in ‘Finder‘. 👌😎


Select the Folder you want to reveal hidden files for

With the Finder now open, navigate to the folder for which you want to view the hidden files. 💼 Every folder may contain different sets of hidden files specific to its content. Thus, ensure that you have chosen the correct folder. 👍🏼📁


Reveal the hidden files

To reveal the hidden files, you are required to press three keys simultaneously on your keyboard, namely Shift, Command, and Period. Pressing these keys will instantly reveal any hidden files within the selected folder. Amazing isn’t it?! 🤓👏


Hide the files after your work is done

Once you are done working with the hidden files, it’s highly recommend to hide them again. Sending the files back to their hidden state ensures the safety of your device. 🖥️ The process is as simple as revealing them. Just press the same keys Shift, Command and Period simultaneously again. Voila, the files are hidden once more! 😃🙌

Conclusion: 🏁

There you have it – an easy and safe way to reveal and hide files on your Mac. Always remember to tread with caution when dealing with hidden files


Hidden files on a Mac are usually system files that are necessary for your computer’s operation. They are hidden to prevent accidental deletion or modification, which could harm your system.

You can find hidden files on your Mac by using the ‘ls -a’ command in the terminal, or by using the shortcut ‘Command + Shift + .’ in the finder.

The ‘ls -a’ command lists all files in your current directory, including hidden ones. The ‘-a’ stands for ‘all’.

You can hide files on a Mac by renaming them to start with a ‘.’, which is known as a ‘dot file’. You can also use terminal commands to hide files.

You can reveal hidden files on your Mac by using the ‘Command + Shift + .’ shortcut in the Finder, or by using terminal commands.

You can permanently reveal hidden files on Mac by changing your Finder preferences. However, this is not recommended as it can lead to accidental deletion of important system files.

The ‘Command + Shift + .’ shortcut is used in Finder to toggle the visibility of hidden files.

Yes, you can hide and reveal files on Mac without using Terminal. One way is by using Finder and the ‘Command + Shift + .’ shortcut.

You might want to hide files on your Mac to reduce clutter, keep sensitive data out of sight, or prevent accidental deletion or modification.

Some Mac files are hidden by default to protect them from being accidentally deleted or modified. These are often crucial system files.

Revealing hidden files won’t damage your computer, but modifying or deleting these files could cause harm, as many are important system files.

Hiding files won’t damage your computer, unless you hide important system files that need to be readily accessible to the system.

If you accidentally delete a hidden file, you can try to recover it from your trash or a backup. If you can’t, you should contact Apple Support for help.

Yes, hidden files can take up space on your Mac. They are not different from regular files in this aspect.

Yes, hidden files can contain viruses or malware. Be careful when opening any file from an unfamiliar source.

Yes, you can hide and reveal files in macOS without needing to install any additional software.

Yes, you can search for hidden files on Mac by using the ‘Command + Shift + .’ shortcut in Finder and then using the normal search function.

.DS_Store files are system files created by macOS and are usually hidden by default to prevent accidental alterations.

You can hide .DS_Store files by using the ‘Command + Shift + .’ shortcut again or by using terminal commands.

You can use the ‘chflags hidden [File_Name]’ command in Terminal to hide files.

You can use the ‘chflags nohidden [File_Name]’ command in Terminal to reveal files.

The ‘chflags’ command changes the flags of file system objects. It can be used to hide or reveal files.

The ‘nohidden’ flag in the ‘chflags’ command makes a previously hidden file visible again.

Yes, you can hide and reveal both files and folders on your Mac using the same methods.

Yes, you can find hidden files in Terminal by navigating to the directory you want to search then using the ‘ls -a’ command.

In Terminal, you can use the ‘cd’ command followed by the directory path to navigate to a specific directory. For example, ‘cd /Users/yourusername/Documents’.

The ‘Command + Shift + .’ shortcut generally only works in Finder and file selection dialog boxes.

To avoid accidentally modifying or deleting hidden files, don’t reveal them unless necessary, and always be cautious when working with them.

If your Mac isn’t showing hidden files when you use the ‘Command + Shift + .’ shortcut, make sure you are in Finder and have a window open. If it’s still not working, there might be an issue with your keyboard or system.

If you can’t reveal a hidden file, make sure you’re using the correct method. If it’s still not working, there might be a problem with your system, and you should contact Apple Support.