Show and Hide Hidden Files on Mac

Edited by Djinu, Alexander Avdeev, Eng

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Steps

  1. 1
    We open up Finder. We'll see that it might not be showing any hidden files.
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  2. 2
    We click on Terminal.
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  3. 3
    We type in the following code: "defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles YES". We press "Enter".
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  4. 4
    We press "Option" and right-click on Finder.
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  5. 5
    We click "Relaunch".
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  6. 6
    Once Finder relaunches, we'll see the ".DS_Store" files. Those are hidden files.
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    If we want to rehide the hidden files, we click on Terminal.
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  8. 8
    We type the same line of the code from Step 3, but instead of "YES", we write "NO". We press "Enter".
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    Now, we press "Option" and right-click on Finder.
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  10. 10
    We click "Relaunch" once again. ".DS_Store" files will be not shown in Finder anymore.
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Categories : Macintosh

Recent edits by: Alexander Avdeev, Djinu

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