Everyone probably knows that files or folders on a computer can be hidden. In Windows, it is enough to open the file properties and make it hidden. In macOS, you can also hide files and folders, but this is done in a slightly different way. This is what will be discussed in today’s article.
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How to show hidden files on Mac using hotkeys
Modern versions of macOS (macOS 10.12 and up) offer a quick and easy way to show hidden files and folders (see below for how to make them hidden) using a keyboard shortcut. A simple keystroke will instantly show hidden files and hide them again. This is currently the fastest way to display “invisible” files on Mac.
As a rule, system files and folders, configuration data or other files and folders that are hidden from ordinary users for any reason are invisible on Mac. Such folders are usually used by more advanced users who need to view, edit, or change the folder or its contents.
1. From the Finder, navigate to any folder that might contain hidden files (for example, the Macintosh HD root folder or home folder).
2. Click ⌘Cmd + ⇧Shift + Point to display hidden files.
How it works on the example of Macintosh HD is shown below.
As you can see, pressing the above key combination in the folder shows all hidden content. Hidden files can be easily identified by slightly faded names and icons. It is worth noting that when displaying files, hidden files in all folders on the Mac will become visible, just as in the case of using the corresponding commands.
The main difference between modern releases and earlier versions of macOS is that newer editions have a method of displaying hidden content using a combination ⌘Cmd + ⇧Shift + Point, whereas earlier for this purpose it was necessary to enter commands in the terminal (instruction below). But if you like to do it the old fashioned way, modern versions of macOS also support this method.
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How to hide hidden files on Mac using hotkeys
In Finder, open any folder and click ⌘Cmd + ⇧Shift + Pointto hide files. After this step, all invisible folders on Mac will be hidden again. See below how to hide any files and folders.
Remember that pressing the combination ⌘Cmd + ⇧Shift + Point in the file system will show or hide invisible folders. This is what the hidden files folder looks like:
After clicking ⌘Cmd + ⇧Shift + Point hidden files will be displayed in the folder. Visually, they will look paler:
In modern versions of macOS, the combination functionality ⌘Cmd + ⇧Shift + Point is slightly wider and now allows you to display folders and files in the Finder.
As mentioned above, you can display or hide hidden content using Terminal commands, but why do this if new versions of the “apple” operating system offer a faster and more convenient method?
In any case, if you are not sure of what you are doing, do not under any circumstances delete or modify hidden files, as many of them are configuration files for various functions, programs and applications.
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How to hide any files and folders on Mac with Funter app
How to assign the “hidden” attribute to a file or folder
The free Funter app (download link below) lets you find hidden files through an icon in the Finder menu and toolbar. The Finder icon is displayed when the integration is enabled (enabled by default).
To make files or folders hidden in the Finder, right-click on them or on the Funder button in the Finder panel and select the option from the menu that opens Hide with Funter…
Note: If the “Show Hidden Files” mode is activated in Finder (see below), then hidden files and folders will be visible.
How to turn off the display of hidden files and folders
To turn off the display of hidden files and folders, click on the Funter icon in the macOS menu bar and set the switch Show Hidden Files into position Turned off…
How to show hidden files and folders on Mac
To enable the display of hidden files and folders, click on the Funter icon in the macOS menu bar and set the switch Show Hidden Files into position Included…
How to remove the hidden attribute from a file or folder
In order to make hidden files or folders not hidden in the Finder, right-click on them (or on the Funder button in the Finder panel) and in the menu that opens, select the option “Unhide with Funter”…
Download Funter from the official developer site
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How to hide any files and folders on Mac using Terminal
In order to make files and folders invisible in macOS, you will have to use the standard program Terminal (Programs -> Terminal). In the terminal window, you will need to enter the following command:
chflags hidden ~ / path to the folder or file you are going to hide
example: chflags hidden ~ / desktop / yablyk
You can find out the path to the folder, for example, from the path line Finder…
And then just drag a file or folder into the same terminal window. The path to the selected object will automatically appear in the window.
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After completing these steps, you can access the file and folder through Finder by navigating to a folder, which is activated by a keyboard shortcut ⌘Cmd + ⇧Shift + G…
example: ~ / desktop / yablyk
In addition, the files will be visible in Spotlight search. In order to completely hide them from prying eyes:
- Go to System settings, section Spotlight;
- Open the tab Confidentiality – here you can remove individual folders from search results Spotlight…
In order to make files and folders visible again, just use the following command for the terminal:
chflags nohidden ~ / path to the desired folder /
example: chflags nohidden ~ / desktop / yablyk